Help Your Case, Don’t Hurt It!

If you are pulled over and arrested for DWI there are some basic things that any criminal defense lawyer will tell you. We’ll go over a few of these basics in this week’s blog.

Implied consent

  • Under North Carolina law, driving a motor vehicle involved the implied consent to a breathalyzer test.
  • If you are stopped and put through a field sobriety test, you may be asked to undergo a breathalyzer test as well.
  • If you refuse to undergo this test, you may lose your license for up to one year.
  • Even if you refuse, you will likely be forced to undergo a blood test to test your blood alcohol level.

Don’t Help Their Case

  • One of the best things you can do is to be silent.
  • If the officer has arrested you or is about to arrest you, don’t say anything that is not 100% required.
  • You have the right to not answer questions about where you’ve been, whether you’ve had anything to drink etc.
  • Simply say that you’ve been advised to not answer any questions without having a lawyer present.
  • Be polite, but firm about maintaining your silence.

Seek Immediate Representation

  • After your rights have been read to you, it is wise to politely refuse to answer questions or engage in any way with the police officer.
  • Call on all your memory of police shows to remember that your arresting officer wants a conviction if his arrest of you.
  • Maintain your silence until you have legal representation.

When you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer who knows North Carolina law, call McGuire Law Firm.