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I Got a DUI After the Super Bowl!

You aren't alone if you got a DUI on your way home from a Super Bowl party. In Northern Kentucky, as around the nation, the number of DUIs on the weekend of Thanksgiving, New Years, Super Bowl, Fourth of July and March Madness increases by approximately 30-35%*. Many party-goers forget that the police are patrolling the roadways with extra zeal during these times. There are generally two types of DUI arrests following a holiday. The first is the officer protecting the roads. The experienced police officer knows that there are more drunk drivers than usual and is looking to take the worst of the worst off of the roads. If you have had only a couple/few beers, this is the officer for you. If you perform well on the field sobriety tests and treat the officer with respect, you may very well go on your way without an arrest. The second type of DUI arrest is the officer looking for a DUI. The officer will look for any reason to stop the vehicle and any basis to support an arrest. Regardless of your actions, you will likely end up in jail. If you experience an officer like this, the best bet is to remain calm and respectful and call an attorney in the morning. Often these officers expect that the defendant will simply plead guilty the next day in court. If you are in this position, the arrest will often not hold up under the scrutiny of cross examination or at a suppression hearing. You may have noticed that I mentioned remain calm and respectful in any instance involving interaction with police officers. I've represented numerous defendants who were arrested primarily because they were argumentative or disrespectful to the police officer. While such an attitude may very well be righteous indignation, it is often viewed by the officer (and perhaps a judge or jury) as a sign of intoxication. Arresting officers are less likely to tack on additional charges, overcharge and may be more ameniable to negotiating a plea when the defendant was respectful. If you have been charged with a DUI, you should contact an attorney to discuss your rights and schedule a consultation. If you are looking for an experienced DUI attorney in Northern Kentucky or Cincinnati, contact Michael Bouldin in Covington at 859-581-6453 (MIKE) or mike@bouldinlawfirm.com. Know your rights, consult with any attorney today. *source: KSP and MADD website

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