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What to Do When Suspected of a DWI in Missouri
If you have been pulled over for a DWI in Missouri, every action you take could be held against you in court. That puts some pressure on your shoulders. Fortunately, educating yourself on what to do will alleviate some of that stress. Find out what you should do if you are pulled over for a suspected DWI.
Steps to take when suspected of a DWI
Many people feel angry or scared when pulled over and that can cause them to do things they regret later. Police officers typically record encounters during traffic stops. That includes stops for suspected DWIs. People should be polite and respectful, keeping in mind that the video can become evidence in court. People need to take additional steps during the traffic stop.
Do not answer questions related to drinking
Police officers go through specific training to ask suspects questions after pulling them over for driving while intoxicated. The answers to questions can build a case against drivers, so it is wise to remain tightlipped. Do not answer questions regarding alcohol consumption. People should not even admit to going to a party or bar that evening. Before answering questions, people should seek legal counsel.
Refuse the field sobriety test
Law enforcement generally asks people to take a field sobriety test when suspected of driving while intoxicated. Field sobriety tests are notoriously unreliable. People who are not intoxicated can fail while those who are can pass. Missouri law allows people to refuse to take a field sobriety test. Those who refuse might be arrested. However, the state does not automatically suspend a driver’s license if the field sobriety test is refused.
Confer with counsel before taking a BAC test
The officer might ask the driver to take a blood, urine, or breath test. Refusing chemical tests means the person’s license is automatically suspended for one year. However, people do not have to take roadside tests. They have the option to go to the station and take the test there without getting their license suspended.
After arriving at the station, drivers should consult with a DWI attorney before consenting to the test. Attorneys typically ask various questions before advising clients to take or refuse the test. Sometimes, refusing the test is a wise choice, even with the automatic license suspension. Other times, taking the test is the right path forward for the person.
Follow these steps
If you are pulled over, and the police think you have been drinking, be mindful of what you say and do. Use these steps to protect your rights during the traffic stop. Also, do not hesitate to get a DWI attorney to represent you. From telling you if you should take a BAC test to gather evidence, your attorney will be on your side. This will make it easier for you as you move forward with the legal process.
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