A Minneapolis DWI Attorney wants to let drivers know of a recent article indicating increased DWI enforcement in Minnesota. Between now and January 2nd over 300 law enforcement agencies will be earning overtime in an effort to pull over non-sober drivers. The increased law enforcement is being conducted as an attempt to reduce the number of traffic fatalities which tends to be higher during the holiday season. Therefore to avoid a DWI charge it is best to drive sober or designate a sober driver to provide you a ride home.
If you do find yourself pulled over for DWI we recommend you take the following steps:
- Provide the officer your driver’s license and proof of insurance.
- Be polite while refusing to answer any questions. Avoid admitting to anything. Don’t make any statements. You have the legal right to remain silent and should.
- Refuse the field sobriety test.
- Contact a lawyer before being tested at the police station
Keep in mind that although you may think what you say to the police officer is helping to prove your innocence, unless you are a DWI attorney you likely do not know the way the criminal proceedings work. Therefore you could inadvertently be saying something that hurts your situation. It is best to stay silent and let a DWI attorney handle it.
Facing a DWI is serious and should be taken seriously. You may just want to plead guilty and get it over with. This is not recommended however. You will likely face serious penalties such as:
- License Suspension
- Large Fines
- Fees to Reinstate your License
- Jail time
- Increased Insurance Premiums
- and more
A DWI attorney can help you challenge the charges and penalties associated with the charges. Contact us to learn more.