Do Not Drink Excessively and Drive

This may seem like a simple and obvious piece of advice, but it is amazing how many people think they can drive home when they are clearly intoxicated. Barring egregious police misconduct, not even the best lawyer can get you out of this bind.

Cooperate with Police

Do not act evasively. Police will generally treat you with more respect and dignity if you are nice to them. Have your driver's license ready when the officer approaches and always take a few deep breaths to relax so that you are not nervous when he greets you. Answer with one word answers when possible to avoid the illusion of slurred speech.

Quiet the Party Down

When the police knock on your door, you must quiet everyone down so that the police cannot determine how many people are there. If they feel it is a large gathering, and they suspect you of operating a tavern without a license, they may care more than if you have a few friends over.

Call An Attorney

This is the easiest way to make sure you do everything to give yourself every opportunity to win your case. Always make sure you call an attorney who handles OWI cases regularly.

Answer the Door

Obviously, if your doorbell rings, you will go see who is there. If you see officers or detectives with badges, ask why they are there.

"Silence is safer than speech." —Epictetus (c. 50–120 A.D.)

A driver's license is a privilege, not a right.

By accepting a license, you impliedly consent to giving a blood, breath, urine sample for testing of alcohol content if arrested for OWI. Failure to comply without legitimate (mainly medical) reasons will result in a 1 year driver's license suspension and will count as a prior OWI even if you are acquitted or the charges reduced/dismissed.

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