Your Rights If You Are Pulled Over for Suspicion of DUI or DWI

As citizens of the United States, we should have certain rights we can exercise when pulled over by police officers. It is crucial to understand these rights so that you have the ability to make smart decisions in the event that you are pulled over. Additionally, understanding your rights gives you the opportunity to determine whether or not any of them were violated during a stop. This could end up significantly bolstering the strength of your defense down the road. Which rights should you be familiar with in the event that you’ve been pulled over?

You Have the Right to Remain Silent

The side of the road is usually not the best place to argue, especially since anything you say could be used against you in the future. Be sure to understand that you aren’t required to answer any questions before receiving legal counsel. Naturally, answering no questions will heighten suspicion, so some level of cooperation is recommended.  However, you should always resist officer attempts to convince you to incriminate yourself.

You Have the Right to Forgo Unreasonable Searches

Officers must have probable cause in order to arrest you. When it comes to substance related arrests, probable cause includes things like swerving, speeding and any other form of irregular driving. If you have not displayed any of these, the officer will have no means to arrest you. Furthermore, they have no right to search your vehicle without your consent.

You Have the Right to an Attorney

You have the right to legal counsel the moment you’re pulled over. Naturally, this means you can refuse to speak to the officer or take sobriety tests before speaking to an attorney. In the event that an officer pressures or threatens you to take sobriety tests, you may tell them that you do not consent to the tests, but you will comply due to their threats.

We Can Help You Avoid a DUI or DWI Conviction or Minimize Your Punishment

There are facts about each specific case that can significantly reduce penalties if an experienced attorney who understands this area of law presents the case. The Law Office of Elizabeth A. Lawrence offers high-quality legal representation, personal attention, and professionalism to help defend the harsh penalties of DWIs, DUIs, and other serious traffic offenses in Maryland and District of Columbia. Click here or call (410) 986-0088 to consult with an experienced attorney today.

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