The best way to prevent a DWI arrest is to avoid alcohol if you know you have to drive. When you do this, there’s no chance of this trouble entering your life.
However, that’s easier said than done, as everyone makes mistakes in their life.
If you’re pulled over for suspicion of DWI, the first thing you should do is calm down. Your mind is racing and your heart is beating fast, but take a few deep breaths to prepare yourself for what’s to come. Nothing bad has happened yet.
Here’s what you should do:
- Stay in your seat: Don’t open your door or begin to shuffle around inside your vehicle. Stay in your seat and wait for the officer to arrive at your door. At that point, they’ll greet you and ask you for your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.
- Don’t start to talk: If the officer is quiet, you may attempt to break the silence by asking questions or stating your innocence. As tempting as it may be, don’t crack. Let the officer make the first move. If you begin to talk, you could slip up by saying something that makes you look guilty.
- Don’t answer questions you don’t understand: If the officer asks you a question you don’t understand, you can politely decline to answer. Remember, the law states that you have the right to remain silent.
- Cooperate if you’re put under arrest: If the officer puts you under arrest, such as after failing a Breathalyzer test, remain quiet and don’t fight back. This could make things worse on you, such as additional criminal charges.
Once you’re booked and released, the next thing you should do is review your criminal charges and what’s to come. This is also a good time to consider your past.
For example, if this is your first DWI arrest, it’s much less serious than if it’s your third or fourth.
Once you understand what you’re up against and how the process will unfold, you can turn your attention to your legal rights and the defense strategy you can use to protect them.