I Have Been Arrested And Charged With DUI: What Now?

In the event that you see this website in time to follow our advice about how to respond to a DUI stop and arrest, here are some starter points:

  • If you know you are intoxicated, do not take any breath, blood or urine test.
  • If you know you are not intoxicated and have taken no medications that could produce a false positive, then go ahead and take whatever test police ask you to take.
  • If you are not sure whether you are intoxicated or not, you are likely to be better off not taking the test.

Once you take a blood alcohol level test and fail it, it can be extremely difficult or impossible to get those test results set aside in your case.

Prompt Legal Advice Is A Top Priority

Even more important advice than the above points is this strong recommendation: You should contact a DUI attorney immediately. Do not engage in conversation with the police without legal advice. Do not answer questions about how much you had to drink and where you were. Do not let police hear you say anything except, "I want to speak to my lawyer."

At Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, P.C., we usually get calls from new clients after interactions with police have already taken place — and after our clients have been arrested. When we come into the picture at this point, we are likely to follow steps such as:

  • Taking steps to help you get out of jail, if applicable
  • Asking for a preliminary hearing, to allow you to keep your driver's license a little longer
  • Determining if there was any deficiency in the administration of chemical tests or field sobriety tests at the time of the traffic stop
  • Preparing to defend you vigorously in pursuit of the best attainable outcome in your case

Call 203-800-7343 or email Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, P.C., in New Haven, to learn how we can help protect your rights and your freedoms after a drunk driving arrest.

Our criminal defense lawyers:

Hugh F. Keefe

John J. Keefe Jr.

Charles E. Tiernan III

Richard W. Lynch

Brendan J. Keefe

Daniel P. Scholfield

Rosalie D. Louis