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6 Tips If You Get Stopped for A DWI

The holiday seasons are approaching quickly and now is the time of year we start to see more and more people getting stopped for a DWI offense. This is why criminal defense attorney Briana Robertson wants to give you 6 tips for if you get stopped for a DWI. It is important that you know and understand your legal rights if you get stopped by the police for a DWI offense.

Tip #1 Don’t Drink and Drive!

It should go without saying, but the number one and most effective way to avoid legal trouble from a DWI is to NOT drink and drive. DON’T DO IT! It’s not safe, it’s not smart, and it can cause you a whole lot of legal issues. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you are away from home and decide you want to have a drink, get a designated driver or a ride share service like an Uber or a taxi to take you home, but whatever you do… DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.

Tip #2 If You Get Stopped for A DWI: Don’t Say Anything!

If you get stopped for a DWI, don’t say anything! You have the right to remain silent and as a criminal defense attorney, I highly suggest you do. Don’t admit to anything. Don’t admit to how many drinks you have had, don’t admit to how long ago you had a drink(s), just don’t admit to anything. The police do not need a backstory, it is best for you to remain quiet.

Tip #3: Refuse The Field Sobriety Tests.

If you get stopped for a DWI you have the right to refuse the field sobriety tests. It is important for you to know that you are not required to do the eye test, the walking test, the turn or the stand on one foot sobriety tests. You have the right to refuse the field sobriety tests and as a criminal defense attorney I highly suggest you exercise this right of refusal.

Tip #4: Do Not Consent To Breathalyzer Test or Blood Draw.

If you get stopped for a DWI, you have the right to refuse the breathalyzer test and the blood draw. It is your right not to consent to either of these tests.

Tip #5: Ask For A PR Bond

If you find that you are being arrested for a DWI charge and you cannot afford the bond to get out of jail, you can request a PR Bond. A PR Bond is a Personal Recognizance Bond, essentially you would be checking yourself out of jail on your own recognizance. A Personal Recognizance Bond means you are giving the court your word that you will show up to the court date and that you are not a flight risk.

Tip #6: Hire A Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you find that you are facing DWI charges you should hire a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will not only help you through the DWI trial process, but will also be able to assist you with taking steps to protect your driver’s license and help fight any possible ramifications to your driver’s license.

Do you or someone you know need legal advice regarding DWI charges?

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At the Law Office of Briana C. Robertson, we understand no one is perfect and even those with DUIs/DWIs need someone to represent them in court.

Having an advocate in the courtroom means keeping you and your family informed throughout the process of a DUI charge case, fighting against unfair sentencing, and only accepting accurate evidence that confirms your charges.

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