Getting arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) can be frustrating, scary and confusing especially if you are a first-time offender. The steps you take following a DWI arrest and charge can have serious implications on your case. If you make certain mistakes, there is a pretty good chance you will have a weak defense.
Your best bet, when charged with DWI, is to ensure that you do the right thing at the right time while steering clear of these common mistakes.
Overlooking the seriousness of the matter
Make no mistake, DWI is a serious offense with severe consequences if convicted. Depending on the severity of the offense, your license will automatically be suspended upon conviction or refusal to take the Breathalyzer test. Additionally, you may be fined, jailed or sent on probation. Given the consequences of a DWI conviction, it is in your best interest that you explore your defense options as soon as it becomes apparent that you will be facing DWI charges.
Talking to the police
It is not unusual for an individual to try to talk themselves out of the problem if they have been pulled over for a DWI. Perhaps you only took a bottle or two on your way home from work and you feel the police will let you go if you make this admission to them. Well, regardless of the amount, admitting that you have been drinking will only give the prosecution more evidence to convict you. By all means, do not incriminate yourself. If the police ask if you have been drinking, politely advise them that you would rather not answer that question in the absence of your legal representative.
Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense in New Jersey. Find out how you can protect your rights while defending a DWI charge.