Criminal Defense Tips

Suggestions on what to do if you are pulled over or arrested

1. Keep accurate records of your interactions with police

When you get the bad end of a meeting with the police, take immediate notes about as many details as you can remember. Officers don’t remember the stuff that wins your case, just the stuff that hurts you.

2. Don’t argue with the police about traffic offenses

Defendants win less than 1% of traffic cases, so the best chance of avoiding a ticket is in the 60 seconds after being stopped. If he goes back to his car, it’s too late. Saying “I know you could give me a ticket,” and then pleading for mercy works 100 times better than arguing. (Only applies to traffic tickets! – If you are being charged with a serious crime do NOT speak with the police)

3. Do not take field sobriety tests

If you are pulled over for DUI, politely decline to take all field sobriety tests (FSTs). FSTs include the “follow my pen with your eyes” test, the “walk the line” test, and the “one foot stand” test. Even sober people fail FSTs most of the time. You are required to take a breathalyzer or blood test if asked, and you should, but you are not required to take FSTs, so don’t!

4. The less you say, the better off you’ll be

Never tell an officer “I know my rights.” You really don’t, and the officer knows it. Whether innocent or guilty, if you are being interrogated by police, they already suspect you did something wrong. You always have the right to an attorney and to remain silent, and you should politely and persistently exercise those rights!


Call the firm for a free consultation regarding your criminal charge

At Intermountain Legal, our attorneys have participated in hundreds of criminal cases. You can count on a criminal defense lawyer who understands your rights. We know the law and we know the process. Call our office today at 801-970-2800 or contact us online to begin taking control of your legal troubles.

Intermountain Legal is located in Salt Lake City, UT and serves clients throughout all of Northern and Central Utah including Salt Lake City, Midvale, Sandy, West Jordan, North Salt Lake, Bountiful, South Jordan, Clearfield, Woods Cross, Draper, Farmington, Centerville, Layton, Ogden, Lehi, Provo, Orem, Park City and the counties of Davis, Salt Lake, Weber, Utah, Tooele and Summit.

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