During a DWI arrest, emotions run high. It’s normal to be frightened, upset, and even angry. You may wonder what to do next. Unfortunately, many people make critical mistakes after they are arrested for drinking and driving that affect their case later on. Here are the top three mistakes people are most likely to make when detained by a police officer for driving while intoxicated and how you can avoid these mistakes.
1. Not Taking Advantage of Your Rights
You are afforded certain constitutional rights during an arrest, regardless of what the police officer arresting you says. Many people will be intimidated or frightened by a police officer who says if they don’t talk, the situation will be made worse. However, you do have the right to remain silent and it is almost always in your best interest to do so and decline to answer questions. You also have the right to refuse roadside sobriety tests.
Be aware of what your constitutional rights are, and if you are arrested for a DWI in Maryland, exercise them in a polite but confident way.
2. Posting About the Case on Social Media
Social media is a significant part of daily life now and it’s how people stay connected to each other. However, it’s never a good idea to post about a criminal case on social media, no matter how strong you think the evidence is in your favor. There’s a chance that you’ll slip up and say something you shouldn’t, or that the police and prosecutors will be able to twist your words and use them against you.
Avoid posting anything about the arrest on social media, including what you were doing several hours prior to the arrest. Don’t post about the proceedings, and avoid private messages as well — anything you write on social media may be subpoenaed in court.
3. Waiting Too Long to Hire a DWI Attorney
When people are upset and angry, or being interrogated by police, they often don’t think about hiring an attorney right away. They may think that they’ll call one after they get released from jail, however, there are critical proceedings that happen immediately after the arrest.
Don’t wait to contact an experienced DWI lawyer after you are arrested for drinking and driving. It is in your best interest to contact an attorney before you are even released from police custody.
Contact Richard J. Brueckner today for more information or a consultation at (410) 430-1464.