If you have ever been arrested for a DWI, you know it can be incredibly scary. You are first stopped by a law enforcement officer, typically for a traffic violation, then before you know it, you’re in handcuffs and going to jail. Your mind is racing about your job, your family, and how expensive a DWI can be to deal with. Typically, you feel powerless in this situation.
Dewey & Braud Law, LLC has some advice for you if you are ever stopped by an officer:
First, make sure you stop in a safe and well-lit area, completely off the roadway.
Second, be cooperative and polite with the officer when he or she asks you to provide your driver’s license and other documentation (proof of insurance or registration). If the officer suspects you have been drinking, you will likely be asked to step out of the vehicle. Once an officer asks you if you have been drinking, he or she is already suspicious that you are DWI.
Lastly and most importantly, DO NOT answer any further questions, nor do any field sobriety tests and request an attorney. At this point you may be arrested, however you have not provided any evidence against yourself. Alternatively, If you make an admission to consuming alcohol and do poorly on field sobriety tests, you have put yourself at a disadvantage to fight your case.
Generally speaking, you should not assist law enforcement in building their case against you. Remain polite and cooperative throughout your contact with the officer, but do no incriminate yourself by answering any questions or performing any tests. Simply request your attorney and remain silent. If and when you are charged with a DWI, hire an experienced DWI firm, Dewey & Braud Law. Free initial consultations available on all criminal cases. Use our online inquiry form to send us an email now by selecting the “Contact” tab on the top of this page.