Drinking and Boating - Don't Make Any Legal Wavesby Gamino Law Offices on 05/14/14
Just like it’s illegal to have a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher behind the wheel of a car, it’s illegal to have that level while you’re at the helm of a boat. While summertime is perfect for enjoying Lake Michigan and all of our smaller waterways, the last thing you want is to be pulled over and hauled away from all the fun. Unfortunately, we all find our way into tough circumstances from time to time – and you might find yourself in need of a Waukesha or Milwaukee DUI lawyer.
What to Do if You’ve Been Arrested for Drinking and Boating
Like with most other arrests, it’s best not to say anything until your lawyer is there with you. All you need to do is notify the police that you’d like to speak to your lawyer – and no matter what you’ve been accused of doing, you have that right.
Simply repeat your request to speak with your attorney if police continue to try to question you. Even if you’re innocent, you should keep quiet; when police tell you that anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law, they’re not kidding. It’s easy to feel like you’re saying the right thing (and it’s tempting to want to defend yourself), but without a lawyer who understands the process by your side, it’s best to say nothing at all.
How Can a Lawyer Help?
A drunk driving defense lawyer will be able to help you challenge field sobriety testing or the use of prior convictions to determine the consequences of your actions. Additionally, an attorney can help you make the best out of a difficult situation. Make sure you fill your lawyer in on all the details: when you were arrested, why, and what you said to police – that way, he or she will be able to provide you with the help you need.