DWI Process: Know Your Rights

DWI & DUID Charges
DWI Process: Know your rights

If you have been arrested and are facing drunk driving charges, you are likely scared and may feel helpless and confused about your legal options. Contrary to what many people believe, there are ways to challenge and defend against drunk driving charges in Missouri, and it's important to explore your options.

At Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry, our attorneys have represented thousands of clients in DWI cases. We understand the varied ways that a DWI can negatively impact your life and do everything in our power to help you keep your driver's license and avoid hefty fines.

While drunk driving charges are among the most common of all criminal charges filed, every case is unique, and the related evidence and facts must always be closely investigated and scrutinized. Why did a police officer pull you over? Were you suffering from an illness or some other health issue at the time of your arrest? What about the field sobriety and Breathalyzer tests — did the police officer who conducted the tests follow proper procedures?

Your Rights In A DWI Stop And Arrest

Under any circumstances, being pulled over by the police is a nerve-wracking experience. If, during the course of a traffic stop, it becomes obvious that a police officer suspects that you may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it's important not to panic and to exercise your rights, which include:

  • Right to know why you were stopped: Police officers cannot arbitrarily pull over motorists. If it is determined that an officer lacked probable cause to pull you over, charges are likely to be dismissed.
  • Right to remain silent: During the course of a traffic stop, a police officer will ask you questions. It is your right to respectfully decline to answer and in your best interest to remain silent.
  • Right to legal representation: Upon your arrest, you have the right to call an attorney who will advocate for you and your rights.

If you are convicted of a DWI in Missouri, you will lose your driver's license, be forced to pay hefty fines and see your insurance rates skyrocket. By contacting a lawyer at Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry, you can take the first step toward avoiding the personal, professional and financial consequences of a DWI. Call our St. Louis office today at 314-862-4332 or send us a message through our online contact form.