Getting stopped for drunk driving is something many individuals do not experience. However, with movies, cop shows, news casts and other sources, the overall process is common knowledge. After checking insurance and plates, the police officer will force you to conduct field sobriety tests and perhaps a Breathalyzer test. In the end, a person who has been charged a DUI or DWI may face the suspension or termination of his or her driver’s license, an increase in his or her insurance rates and a mark on his or her record.
With the first-hand and fictional accounts of these situations pervading the mainstream, many individuals may not know what their rights are when they have been stopped. Overall, it is important avoid self-incrimination. For example, if an officer asks if an individual has been drinking, that individual is not required to answer. Additionally, performing field sobriety tests can be refused by an individual. The police officer is limited in what he or she can force you to do.
It is important to remember that a police officer’s opinion of drunk driving or intoxication is subjective. Appearing drunk is indeed enough probable cause to pull a vehicle over, but that can be challenged. Moreover, if a police officer does not follow procedures correctly from start to finish, the admissibility of the charge can be contested at every step. There are many things that could be done incorrectly or unlawfully, and an individual should not have to pay for that with a DWI charge.
It may seem hopeless to get legal counsel for a charge like drunk driving, but attorneys have proper tools and experience to represent individuals. It may be possible to ease the consequences or even erase it from their record completely.