Knowledgeable Franklin and Middle Tennessee DUI/DWI Attorney Protects Drivers’ Rights
Attorney Michal Durakiewicz Defending Franklin-area clients against criminal prosecution
Throughout Tennessee, law enforcement officials have been expanding efforts to crack down on drunk driving offenses. Being convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated can have serious consequences, including loss of license, higher insurance costs, heavy fines and jail time. Attorney Michal Durakiewicz has the knowledge necessary to overcome the evidence against you, and the ability to help you attain the best possible outcome.
Advocate committed to challenging drunk driving charges
Attorney Michal Durakiewicz understands that good people can find themselves in a bad place. Michal Durakiewicz strives to satisfy his clients’ emotional, financial and legal needs by zealously representing your interests at every turn. Mr. Durakiewicz is knowledgeable about complex Tennessee DUI laws, and analyze every aspect of your case — from the initial traffic stop to blood-alcohol tests — to build your defense. Mr. Durakiewicz knows what the prosecution needs to get a conviction, and he will challenge the evidence against you with the skill he has developed over through dozens of DUI cases. DUI Attorney Michal Durakiewicz will work hard to make sure that you get the respect you deserve and the results you desire.
Counselor advising on what to do if you are stopped
If you have been pulled over by the police, there are several ways that you can help yourself:
- Be polite. DUI stops are often recorded on police dashcam video, and the jury will be allowed to view the recording at your trial. If you want the jury to acquit you, the first step is coming across as calm, respectful and likable.
- Never admit guilt. Your statements during a traffic stop can be used as evidence against you. If a police officer asks you whether you are drunk or have been drinking, you have a right to refuse to answer his questions.
- Clean out your glove box. Fumbling through these compartments to find your registration or insurance can be easily misinterpreted as intoxication. Keeping the glove box or center console neat and clean allows you to swiftly grab your identification and present it to a police officer.
- Do not let the police search your car. Any evidence found in your car could be used to support a DUI conviction. Do not allow the officer to perform a search without a warrant.
- Never take the field sobriety tests. Once the police officer asks you to step out of the car so he can administer the “standardized field sobriety tests” (SFSTs), he has already made the decision to arrest you for DUI. Your responses to the SFSTs will always be interpreted against you. Politely decline the field sobriety tests.
- Get a blood test after release. Alcohol detection devices can be unreliable and malfunction. Don’t go to jail because of a broken machine. It’s a good idea to measure your BAC (blood alcohol concentration) with a blood test after arrest. At trial, your attorney can use that evidence to raise possible defenses.
- Contact a DUI attorney immediately.
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If you have been arrested for DUI, you need a qualified defense attorney who has the knowledge and experience to help you win. Call Durak Law today at 615-812-2829 or contact us online to set up a consultation at our Franklin office.