Don’t End Up in the Next Viral Video: 3 Tips for Working with a DUI Law Firm

  • Robert Biondino,
  •   DUI
  •   None

Well, file this one under “stupid criminal stories”: an intoxicated man from Newport Beach, CA, was ejected from a car by an Uber driver when he became violent and belligerent. After the man, Benjamin Golden, refused to get out of the car, the driver, Edward Caban, pepper sprayed him, with the Caban’s GPS filming the whole sequence. Caban, still shaken from the incident, went home and uploaded the whole thing to YouTube.

But that’s not where things ended. The video wound up going viral and has acquired well over 2 million views since its initial posting on Oct. 30. Viewers identified Golden, who turned out to work at Taco Bell as an executive. When higher-ups saw their drunk and disgraced employee’s face all over the internet, they decided that it was time to part ways with Golden. Despite his apologies to Caban, Golden hasn’t gotten his job back, and he’s also being charged with four misdemeanors and faces a fine of up to $10,000 in addition to one year in jail. Caban is also suing him for damages in excess of $25,000, including causing the Uber driver emotional distress after the incident.

While getting an Uber or calling a cab is generally a good idea for those who have too much to drink on a night out, it’s easy for some to misjudge the amount they’ve had to drink. As a result, they could wind up getting behind the wheel of a car anyway, and that could mean having to hire a DUI or DWI defense attorney later on.

In the event that you have to work with a DUI law firm, you’ll want to keep several things in mind, no matter which type of incident you were charged with. Here are some things your DUI defense lawyer may advise you on when building a case:

    • Follow the law
      If you’ve been told that your license has been suspended or revoked, then make sure that you’re not driving. In fact, you may already be facing a number of other consequences after a DUI. If you were over the legal BAC limit of 0.08%, then you could be facing a one-year jail sentence, a year-long license suspension, between 48 and 96 hours of community service, and a fine ranging from $300 to $1,000 — all for a first-time offense. Therefore, you’ll really want to make sure that you’re not breaking any additional laws during your case.

 

    • Stay off of social media
      During any type of case, you should refrain from posting about your legal issues on Facebook, Twitter, or elsewhere on the internet. Anything you say can be used as admissible evidence, so it’s best to stay mum on any of the work you’re doing with a DUI law firm.

 

  • Listen to your attorney
    No matter which type of charges you may be facing, always listen to your attorney’s advice. Even at times when things may not be entirely clear, you should trust what your lawyer has to say. DUI attorneys have already faced a number of cases just like yours, so they understand exactly what their clients should and should not do when charged with a DWI or DUI.

If you have more questions about what to do after a DUI or other charge, make sure you contact our DUI law firm today for a consultation and more information.

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