Last Friday, I pulled into work, and as I was getting out, about some cops pulled in, and told me to leave my stuff in the car and to perform a FST. I am someone who never gets in trouble with the law, and I have anxiety issues. The officer informed me of the FST, and stopped talking, which I thought meant to go (since I’ve never taken one), and I put my left foot infront of my right, following his instructions, and he said to face the car and put my hands behind my back. I was arrested and brought to the station, where they performed a Breathalyser, which I passed 0.00%, and they did a Urine sample. I was questioned, and I asked why I was arrested, and the officer stated that I had an accident with another car, but there is no damage to my vehicle whatsoever, and I would remember if an accident had occurred. I was never read my rights before questioned, and I was in custody. I was in the station for about 2hrs, and w/out looking at a watch or anything, a cop asked me what time I thought it was, and I answered pretty accurately (10 mins ahead, but still). I informed them twice I was having a panic attack and they did nothing, and they left me alone for a while before releasing me
I recommend you hire an experienced defense attorney. DWI is the only charge in the State of Arkansas that the prosecutor does not have the legal discretion to dismiss: they can dismiss a murder; they cannot dismiss a DWI. The law says you have to either plea guilty or go to trial. Therefore, your best bet is a knowledgeable attorney, because even a first offense is punishable by up to 1 year in jail.
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