Written by attorney Shawn James Haff

Being Pulled Over By Michigan Police For A Misdemeanor OWI

When a marked police car is behind you with its lights flashing, you must pull over and stop. It does not matter if you have no idea why you are being pulled over or feel you have done nothing wrong. When an officer approaches you and asks to see your identification and registration, be polite and provide the law enforcement agent with the information requested. I strongly advise against arguing with law enforcement on the side of the road. It will not get you the results you want and may very well make things worse. Remember, “Anything you say can and will be used against you.” A good friend of mine, who is an outstanding drunk driving attorney put it this way, “People think they can talk their way out of an arrest and yet they talk their way into one.” If the officer asks you how much you have had to drink, do not answer the question. You have a constitutionally guaranteed right to remain silent. If you admit to drinking three glasses of wine, the office can later on testify that you admitted to drinking three glasses of wine.

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