It’s important to remember what to do (and not do) if you find yourself pulled over after a night of drinking. A Massachusetts officer may arrest you for DWI, even during a routine traffic stop, if she or he has reason to believe you’ve been driving while intoxicated. The most important thing to remember is that you should never speak to anyone without a criminal defense lawyer present. When law enforcement officials tell you that anything you say can and will be used against you in court, they mean it. Don’t discuss the situation with anyone without your attorney present.
Should I Take a Breathalyzer Test?
While you have the right to refuse a preliminary breathalyzer test, you should know that refusing to take one is a crime, and doing so will result in the automatic suspension of your driver’s license for at least six months (180 days). More often that not, refusing to take a breathalyzer test will not help your case, even if you believe the additional time will allow your measurable blood alcohol content to subside. Since courts generally go “easy” on first-time DWI offenders, you may as well take the chemical test and let your attorney help you afterward.
Call Thomas Whitney Today
If you’ve been arrested for driving while intoxicated — regardless of the circumstances — you need to call an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Don’t admit to anything or speak about the case to anyone without a lawyer present, including law enforcement officials. You get one phone call after your arrest, so make it count — call Thomas Whitney Attorney at Law today at (413) 256-6234.