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Tips on Preparing for The Worst Day of Your Life

Dale Gribow Aug. 15, 2022

One of the most famous books, A Tale of Two Cities, starts with… These are the best of times, these are the worst of times. The worst of times often occurs during a major holiday weekend when there are more cars on the road and more people drinking and celebrating the holiday. The resulting accident or arrest will certainly be the worst day of your life…if you live! 

School is just starting and Labor Day weekend is around the corner. That means more cars on the road AND an uptick in Alcohol Related Arrests and Auto Accidents. Chances are you, a loved one or friend, are not going to be in an accident this week. However, it takes so little to plan now, while you are not stressed, to think of who you would call if you, a family member or friend, were rear ended and injured. If an arrest or accident happens to you, it will be the worst day of your life. 

We all have the phone number of a plumber, A/C company and electrician, handy in case we need one. Wouldn’t it make sense to consider now, who you would call if you needed a Personal Injury or DUI Attorney. 

If an ACCIDENT or DUI occurs, it is important to remember that SILENCE IS GOLDEN and HANDCUFFS ARE SILVER. Talking can rarely do you any good, so I advise my readers, friends and clients, “DON’T TALK TO ANYONE” when there is an accident or criminal investigation. This is especially true for not talking to the INSURANCE ADJUSTER …WITHOUT YOUR LAWYER’S PERMISSION. IT IS NOT WHAT YOU SAY, BUT WHAT THEY THOUGHT THEY HEARD YOU SAY! 

I always suggest you set your lawyer up as a strawman. In other words you would be happy to talk, however, your lawyer has asked you not do so without his/her permission. Putting the blame on “Mame” as the song says. It is what the people charged in the January 6th riot, or any other criminal matter, are advised to do. Trump refused to answer questions and took the 5th 440+ times. However, his lawyer would argue, that it was the lawyer telling him not to talk, rather than THE DONALD refusing. 

Remember to avoid the Worst Day or Year in your life,  IF YOU HAVE BEEN DRINKING ANY AMOUNT & WERE IN AN AUTO ACCIDENT OR STOPPED FOR A POSSIBLE DUI, THAT (FST’S) FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS (WALK THE LINE, FINGER TO NOSE ETC) ARE OPTIONAL, AS IS THE BREATH TEST AT THE SCENE (IF YOU ARE NOT ON PROBATION). YOU SHOULD COURTEOUSLY OPT NOT TO TAKE ANY TESTS AT THE SCENE PER YOUR LAWYERS INSTRUCTIONS, AND ASK FOR A BLOOD TEST. 

After an accident or DUI arrest, I tell my clients to take down social media. Investigators for the DA or Insurance Company can save a lot of money on investigation, by just checking Facebook, Instagram and other sites etc. Some accident victims foolishly post that they are going skiing, playing tennis or entering a marathon etc right after an accident. 

A client shouldn’t post that they were lucky not to have been stopped the day before when they were even more drunk or any other post about their drinking or negligent driving etc. It is always a good idea to hire a LOCAL attorney who will know the judges and court employees. That should be done ASAP. Once one has a lawyer, you can no  longer be contacted by an investigator on either type of case. 

Whether you are found guilty or not guilty of a DUI or prevail with your accident case, you will still encounter the “worst of times”. All defendants lose time and money from: the arrest; court trips; bail; retaining counsel; loss of earnings and dealing with the stress and how it affect the family. 

PLEASE DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE, CALL A TAXI, LYFT OR UBER………IT IS A LOT CHEAPER THAN HAVING AN ARREST OR ACCIDENT AND CALLING ME ………SO DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER.