What is a DUI Investigation?
Reasons for a Florida DUI Investigation
In a typical traffic crash the drivers of each vehicle exchange information, EMS may be called and Law Enforcement arrives to make a report. However, some traffic crashes lead to DUI investigations and arrests.
In this situation it is important to be aware of the process that generally takes place, first officers will conduct a traffic crash investigation. During these investigations officers will attempt to gather information from witnesses, the drivers, or any physical evidence that may be at the scene to determine who is at fault for causing this accident. If you are involved in a crash your statements to law enforcement during their crash investigation cannot be used against in a subsequent criminal proceeding. The accident report privilege protects you from the statements you may make during a crash investigation to an officer. Beware though that protection ends once they begin their criminal DUI investigation. For more criminal defense law assistance contact the experienced Florida criminal defense lawyers at Meldon Law today.
What Would Be the Cause of DUI Investigation in Florida?
When an officer is changing from a traffic crash investigation to a DUI investigation he is “switching hats” from a civil to a criminal investigation. The officer must explain to you that he is switching from his crash investigation to a criminal or DUI investigation and needs to read your Miranda Warnings. If you hear you have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against, you need to remain silent. Ask to speak with an attorney and DON’T answer any of the questions the officer asks. In certain cases, an officer may skip the switching of the hat process or may forget to read you, Miranda, if that is the case there may be legal grounds to get statements you made to the officer suppressed.
Every DUI case unique and complex, at Meldon Law we specialize in finding the little details that can make a solid defense and protect your rights.
How can we help you today?
At Meldon Law, we have the knowledge and experience to effectively participate in the discovery process to acquire the information needed to properly defend your case. For more information, give us a call at 800-373-8000 or click here to submit an inquiry. We have offices in Gainesville, Ocala, and Ft. Lauderdale but are able to serve you throughout the state of Florida.