The consequences of a DWI conviction can be devastating. In addition to fines, penalties and even jail time, you will likely face higher motor vehicle insurance premiums, and can put your employment at risk. While the best way to avoid a DWI charge is to stay off the road when you have been drinking, there are other things you can do to reduce the risk you will be pulled over, or, if you are pulled over, that you will be arrested:
1. Keep your plates and registration up-to-date-The police can pull you over for any violation. Far too many people charged with DWI are initially stopped because they forgot to put the appropriate tag on their car or failed to keep the registration current. It won’t do you any good to have the new tags in the car. They need to be on the car.
2. Keep your vehicle properly maintained and street legal-Many people are charged with drunk driving because they were stopped for a broken tail light, headlight or turn signal. Make any necessary repairs to your car immediately. Don’t unnecessarily draw the attention of law enforcement officers. This can include tinted windows, modified muffler systems or other features.
3. Obey the traffic laws-People are seldom pulled over because they are exhibiting signs of being intoxicated. More often than not, it’s for speeding, making an illegal turn or lane change, or failing to obey a red light or stop sign.
4. Don’t volunteer information to police officers-You have the right to remain silent. Do not admit that you have been drinking, and don’t worry that your refusal to answer a direct question will be used as an admission of guilt.
5. Don’t take field sobriety or coordination tests-You are not required to submit to field sobriety tests. You do not have to walk a straight line or touch your nose.
When you have been arrested or charged with drinking and driving, your lawyer will most likely conduct a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding your arrest. The police must have probable cause to make the traffic stop. Your attorney will review the evidence to determine whether this existed. You can provide significant assistance to your defense by following the steps outlined above.
Contact the Attorneys at The Law Office of Mallon & Tranger
We offer a free initial consultation to car accident injury victims. To schedule an appointment, contact our office online or call us at 732-702-0333. We offer three convenient locations, in Freehold, Toms River and Point Pleasant.