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6. Look for and Preserve Physical Evidence

Important physical evidence, which your Solano County DUI lawyer might be able to use to help defend your DUI case, will be lost or disappear quickly. Save anything left in the vehicle or your pockets that in any way pertains to the incident, such as maps you used, receipts from places you visited, or partially consumed wine, beer or liquor bottles.

If no one saw you driving, find and save receipts from any bar, restaurant or liquor or retail store which may help to prove time of departure or amount of consumption. Save phone and/or text messages or phone bills that show times of calls, names, times, activities, etc. Even a call to a bar or restaurant may help preserve the name of a bartender who remembered you. If an accident or collision was part of your incident, or police allegations of faulty equipment, find and save auto repair bills or vehicle condition reports.

If a medical condition could explain certain behavior, find and save medical evaluations/reports, prescriptions, pill bottles, letters from doctors. If physical damage or injuries occurred, take photographs (see the next Tip: Photograph the Scene), so that your Fairfield, Vallejo or Vacaville DUI attorney can show the prosecutor or the jury instant visuals of important occurrences or conditions which might be favorable, and could meaningfully affect the outcome of a DUI case.


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