What to Do If Accused of a DWI

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DWI stops are very serious offenses. For those unfamiliar with the terminology, DWI stands for Driving While Intoxicated or Impaired. Depending on the state you live in, the term can also be interchanged with Driving Under the Influence, which is short for DUI.

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What to Do If Accused of a DWI:

What to Do If Accused of a DWI

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DWI stops are very serious offenses. For those unfamiliar with the terminology, DWI stands for Driving While Intoxicated or Impaired. Depending on the state you live in, the term can also be interchanged with Driving Under the Influence, which is short for DUI. Regardless, punishment can include loss of licensure, whether temporarily or permanent, fines and even jail time. If you are ever accused of a DWI, follow these important steps.

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• Have your license and registration visible and hands on the wheel. Police officers assume danger in any situation. Having your license and registration at the ready keeps you from making any sudden movements. • Exercise the Miranda Right of silence. When you are arrested, you are recited a series of rights, but those rights are in effect as soon as you are pulled over. Say as little as possible, directly answering only questions that establish identity.

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You may decline Field Sobriety Tests and Breathalyzers . Neither one of these will prevent arrest for the alleged crime. Declining will, however, prevent definitive evidence from being used against you.   You should be aware of your state laws concerning DWI charges. If you are ever charged and need to know what options are available, visit this site to consult a DWI attorney in Pembroke.

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