What to Do After Being Arrested for a DWI

Hello again! I’m Natalie Anne Lipnicki-Stuart, and thank you for returning to my blog for more legal assistance. 

Today, I thought we would talk about what to do after you’ve been arrested for a DWI. According to a Fort Worth DWI lawyer I recently spoke with, there are some things you can do immediately following your arrest that could improve your situation. You certainly don’t want to make your situation worse. 

What to Do if You’ve Been Arrested for a DWI

Learning a few tips on what to do after a DWI arrest could help improve your legal situation.

Don’t Talk to the Police Without a Lawyer

One of the first things you should do after, and even during, an arrest is keep your mouth shut. You do not have to answer the police officer’s questions without a lawyer present. 

You can ask for a lawyer, and that should stop the police officer from continuing to question you. If you asked for a lawyer but the police kept asking you questions anyway, you might be able to get your DWI charge thrown out.

You have rights, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of those rights. You have the right to remain silent, and your statements can be used against you to convict you of a crime. You probably don’t want to help the police convict you of DWI. 

Don’t Be Rude to Police

You can make your situation worse by antagonizing the arresting officer. Police officers are people, and they are capable of holding grudges and making your life miserable. You don’t want the police to think of your arrest as personal. Don’t make it personal. 

Be polite and respectful. You will have a chance to defend yourself later. For now, follow the police officer’s directives, but remember your rights.

Contact a DWI Lawyer

Sometimes, people think they can’t afford a lawyer, so they try to fight a DWI offense on their own. This rarely works out well. Lawyers are there for a reason, and your future is worth the cost of a lawyer. 

Many lawyers even work out payment arrangements with people so that those who have a tight budget can still receive the services of a criminal defense attorney.

Calling a lawyer is one of the first things you should do after an arrest.

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I’m Natalie, and thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you can use the information above to improve your situation after being arrested for a DWI. I share legal information online because I believe that legal studies should be for everyone—not just for lawyers.