What to do when arrested for DWI?
Being arrested is one of the worst things that can happen to someone. You face many unknowns, and serious consequences depending on the outcome. One of the first things you should do after arrest for DUI is consult with an experienced DWI lawyer. A lawyer can explain the process to you, gather important information, and get to work helping you achieve the best possible outcome. Many steps in the process have important time-lines/deadlines. It is best to have a lawyer working for you as soon as possible.
Top 10 Do's and Don'ts of DUI
Do: Prior to Arrest
1. Slow down, pull over using a turn signal, and try not to commit any motor vehicle violations.
2. Have your license and registration ready to hand the officer.
3. Listen to all instructions by the officer. If you have any questions it is better to ask the officer to clarify instead of guessing at what you think he wants you to do.
4. Tell the officer you want to speak to an attorney.
Do: Post Arrest
5. Ask for an independent blood test, or go to the hospital to have your blood drawn as soon as you are released.6. Request an administrative license suspension hearing (als hearing ) as soon as possible (preferably through a DUI lawyer)
7. Make notes of what happened and who you were with prior to the stop so that witnesses can be interviewed.
8. Get your breath test analyzed and hire expert witnesses, either in regard to any chemical test, or field sobriety tests.
9. Take photographs of the scene on the night in question
10. Talk with an experienced DWI lawyer to help you understand the process and evaluate your case to get you the best possible outcome
Don't: Prior to Arrest
1. Don't argue with the officer. if you are going to refuse things, like the field sobriety tests which are completely
voluntary, do so politely.
2. Don't make admissions of guilt or otherwise volunteer information when not asked questions, except for telling the
officer of any injuries or medical conditions you may have.
3. Don't answer any questions regarding drinking or tell the officer you had too much to drink.
4. Don't get out of the vehicle unless ordered to by a cop. (A request is NOT the same as an order).
5. Don't consent to perform the field sobriety tests (they are optional).
6. If you plan on testing your luck and agree to do the field sobriety tests, don't then say "I couldn't do these tests sober".
7. Don't resist arrest or interfere with the officers.
Don't: Post Arrest
8. Don't plea guilty without knowing all of the potential consequences.
9. Don't drive while your license is suspended.
10. Don't assume you are guilty because you are arrested for DWI! Make the State prove their case.
Disclaimer: This is general information based and is not legal advice. Contact a lawyer for advice specific to your case