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DUI defense: Know your right to an attorney

Drunk drivers know that they're not as in control of their vehicles as they would be while sober, but people still make the mistake of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. It's a tragic offense to make since that simple error could result in a crash, injuries and fatalities.

The good news is that drunk-driving crashes have reduced over time thanks to efforts from groups such as MADD and government agencies. Even better are the ride-sharing services and local bus lines that make it simpler to get where you need to go without taking your own vehicle.

DUI statistics show that approximately one out of every three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. If that person has been you, then you may be in need of a strong defense to protect your rights.

What should you do if you cause a DUI-related crash?

Initially, remember that you do not have to say or do anything that incriminates you. Don't admit to drinking. You'll likely have to take a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test, which you consented to when you first obtained your driver's license. Take the test, but remember that you don't need to apologize or admit to any wrongdoing.

You should wait to speak with the police until you get a chance to talk to your attorney. Even if your BAC is not over the legal limit, you could still face charges, so it's best if you wait to speak to the authorities. You should give yourself some time to recover, compose yourself and learn more about your options first.

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