It is now fairly common knowledge that texting and driving can get you
pulled over pretty quickly in the state of California. That is why using
the GPS function on your phone to navigate can cause you to wind up in
a sticky situation with the law. If you have been out and had a drink
or two before driving, it is never a good idea to get behind the wheel.
However, if you are already on the road, using your phone to help get
you home may draw extra attention to you while driving. Consider the following
information so that you can avoid facing criminal charges, jail time,
fines and penalties for using your phone to navigate your drive home after
Enter Your Destination Before You Start Driving
The process of entering an address in your phone's GPS looks exactly
like texting from a police officer's perspective. That is why it is
best to enter your final destination in your GPS before you even start
driving. This will eliminate any red flags that you have been using your
phone in an illegal way while driving.
The reason this is so important, besides that it just just safer to have
full concentration while you are driving, is that you are more likely
to get arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol if you are
stopped by a cop for another offense like using your phone while driving.
If you get pulled over by a police officer for using your phone while
driving, the police officer may smell alcohol on your breath and question
whether you have been drinking. To avoid this complication, you should
not be typing anything into your phone if you have had anything to drink
Use a Dashboard Mounted GPS Instead of Your Phone
An even better way to avoid being pulled over for using your GPS on your
phone is to just use a Garmin type of GPS that is mounted to your dashboard.
This eliminates any appearance of you using your phone in an unauthorized
way while driving. In addition to keeping your hands free to drive, a
dashboard GPS will also keep your eyes straight ahead on the road. This
is a safer option all around and is likely to help keep you more focused
Do Not Pull Over on the Side of the Road
By all means, if you think that you are lost, do not pull over on the shoulder
of the road. A much better option is to take the closest exit and find
a parking lot. If a police officer sees you pulled over on the side of
the road, he may stop to question you whether anything is wrong. This
could be a red flag and alert the officer that you have consumed alcohol.
It is better to avoid this situation and find a better place to get reoriented.
A public parking lot is less likely to draw any unnecessary attention
to you and will give you some breathing room to regroup before trying
to find your way home again.
Call Attorney Scott D. Henry
If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of facing a DUI charge
in California, contact criminal defense attorney
Scott D. Henry of The Law Offices of Thomas Wallin & Scott Henry. We are the leading
DUI defense firm in San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange County and pride
ourselves on being zealous advocates for our clients' rights. If you
are facing criminal charges for driving under the influence, you need
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