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If arrested for DWI, how can I know if I need an attorney?

| Sep 30, 2016 | Firm News

The safest answer to the question posed above is simple. Anyone arrested in Arkansas for any criminal charge should get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible. You might not feel you ‘need’ an attorney, but you do. You have a right to one for any interaction with the police, and it can be beneficial for protecting your rights.

If you are stopped while driving, the officer is likely to ask you questions. Among them might be, “Have you been drinking?” That’s an innocuous question on its face, but it’s safe to think the officer doesn’t care to know if you’ve had water, soda or milk lately. The safer presumption to make is that the questioner wants to know if you’ve consumed alcohol. If you say yes, you’ve just implicated yourself and opened the door to suspicion of drunk driving.

The right to remain silent exists when you are arrested but it exists before that, too. Police are under no obligation to read you your rights unless you are arrested. And even then, they sometimes fail to do so.

There are other rights you might be entitled to that you don’t know about and the best way to be sure you are up to speed on what your rights are is to take the initiative to call an attorney.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, it may be possible to counter drunk driving charges and considering the long-term implications of having a conviction on your record, it’s a good idea to enlist experienced representation. The sooner you do so, the better your chances are of protecting yourself.

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