Frequently Asked Questions:  Driving While Intoxicated

  • What do I do if pulled over for a DWI?

 

Remember that even sober people get arrested for DWIs, so it’s important you know how to react if you are pulled over for driving while intoxicated.   

 

Always be polite and respectful to the officer.  Even when refusing to answer questions or asking for your attorney to be present you must remain polite and respectful. 

 

The officer will ask you to perform a series of tests called, Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.  These tests are not given to prove you are sober.  They are given to collect evidence on intoxication to be used against you at trial.  You have the right to refuse to perform any and all tests.   Do not take any tests!  This includes eye tests, walking test, breath test, blood test, finger tests, etc.   Even if you take a breath test and blow below .08, you will get arrested for a DWI. Do not take a test! 

 

The officer will ask you a series of questions that seem harmless, but these questions are designed to gather information on your level of intoxication and the answers you give will be used against you later.  Do not answer any questions! 

 

Lastly, and most importantly, hire an experienced attorney to represent you. 

  • Will I lose my license if I get arrested for a DWI? 

 

There are 2 scenarios in which your license can be suspended for a DWI:

The first is for failure to take a breath test and the second is when a person fails a blood or breath test for intoxication. 

 

My license is suspended for a DWI, what do I do?

 

You need to hire an attorney immediately! 

 

You can request a hearing to keep your license, but the request for a hearing must be made in a short amount of time or you waive the right to have the hearing. 

 

You may qualify for an occupational driver’s license which would allow you to drive to and from work. 

 

 

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Information on this page is intended as a guideline only and is not to be taken as legal advice.