How to Deal With a DUI Traffic Stop and Resulting Charge
Facing DUI charges in Madison WI? Here’s what you should do…
Checkpoints and traffic stops for DUIs are increasing, especially as more people get behind the wheel after not only drinking but also using drugs. Police officers want to get drivers who are under the influence off the road, and if you are pulled over and show signs of intoxication, you will find yourself in a lot of legal trouble. Should you have to go through a checkpoint or if you’re pulled over by police, remember these tips to help you get through the stop and any legal processes that result.
Take This Seriously
Take the stop and tests seriously, even if you are completely sure you’ll pass and be let go. Maybe you were pulled over randomly, or maybe the police spotted some odd driving behavior; whatever the reason they had for pulling you over, you can’t treat this like a joke, especially if you’re driving away from a bar or if you have alcohol on your breath.
Technically, you do have the right to refuse to take a breathalyzer and field sobriety tests in Wisconsin (unless you’re a commercial driver; then you can’t refuse). However, that refusal can create more problems for you. In fact, there’s a good chance you will be arrested if you refuse all tests; Wisconsin law penalizes you if you refuse tests after you’ve been arrested.
Get Legal Advice Immediately
An OWI charge is not something you should tackle on your own. And even if you’re planning to plead guilty, you should never do this on your own; you’ll be at the mercy of the court with little defense if you do.
A lawyer can help you decide the best route to take regarding a plea, and if you’re found guilty, that lawyer can work on reducing your sentence and other penalties. Don’t do this alone; contact Eisenberg Law Offices at (608) 256-8356 to arrange for a consultation.