The actions you take before, during, and after a traffic stop can have a major impact on your OWI defense. Please read these tips and keep them in mind the next time you see the flashing lights in your rearview.
Find a Safe Place to Pull Over
We know getting pulled over is stressful even when you have done nothing wrong. Take a deep breath and find a safe place on the shoulder to pull your vehicle off the road. Your next step is to patiently wait for the law enforcement officer to approach your vehicle.
Avoid Making Sudden Movements
Keep your hands still and visible. If you need to reach to gather documents such as your driver’s license or registration, please notify the officer of your intent first to avoid any confusion over what you are reaching for.
You catch more bees with honey than with vinegar. Interactions with law enforcement are no exception.
Do Not Answer Incriminating Questions
Anything you say can – and likely will – be used against you in a criminal case. Answering questions such as “how much have you had to drink?” is simply not in your best interest regardless of the answer. You are not legally required to answer such questions and are better off declining to answer until an attorney is present.
Save Your Talking for Your Attorney
You will not be able to talk your way out of OWI charges. Attempting to do so will only make things worse. Choose an experienced defense attorney
to represent you and let them guide you through the process.