The best tips when you may be charged with Driving or Boating While Intoxicated.
It is important to enjoy the summer holidays, but even more important to do so responsibly. The best tip anyone can give you is plain and simple: never operate a vehicle or boat if you are intoxicated.
However, many people end up encountering law enforcement officers as the temperatures rise heading into the summer. Knowing your rights while interacting with a law enforcement officer could make the difference between going home or going to jail. It can also mean the difference between having a clean record and potentially having an arrest or conviction on your record that could anchor down your future. Problems created by arrests on your record and possible ways to remove them will be addressed in a future post.
The Law Offices of Mike Head & Justin Weiner created the following "quick tips" to help insure that you know and understand your rights.
The best tip is to NEVER operate a vehicle or boat if intoxicated. However if you find yourself detained by law enforcement BE POLITE and remember these tips:
1. REFUSE to answer all questions about alcohol.
2. REFUSE all field sobriety tests.
3. REFUSE consent to all blood and breath tests.
4. REMEMBER you are being video recorded even in the squad car!
Also remember how urgent it may be to consult an attorney if you have been arrested for an offense involving alcohol. A DWI arrest may result in a civil proceeding in addition to the criminal charge. The civil proceeding challenges your driver's licenses privileges through an Administrative License Revocation (ALR). You only have fifteen (15) days from the date of your arrest to request an ALR hearing.
So remember: do not operate a vehicle or boat if you are intoxicated. However, if you encounter law enforcement remember to be polite but to firmly assert your rights. Finally, call us for a free legal consolation if needed.
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