False accusations of a DWI may make you mad, but stay calm
Imagine being arrested for a DWI when you know that you weren’t intoxicated. It would be shocking, at the very least, and it would make you angry.
The truth is that police officers can, and do, make mistakes. Breathalyzer tests may be given incorrectly or not work right because of improper calibration. It’s important for you to know that you aren’t to blame if mistakes are made, but you do need to take steps to protect yourself.
What should you do if you’re falsely accused of a DWI?
If you are falsely accused of a DWI, there are a few things you can do to help your case.
First, if an officer wants to know if you have had anything to drink, you don’t have to answer. If they ask for a Breathalyzer test, take it. Failing to do so could lead to the loss of your license.
If the officer asks you to perform field sobriety tests, make your best attempt. Even if the Breathalyzer test comes back high, showing that you can perform these tests well may help disprove the officer’s claims.
Throughout this process, stay calm. Don’t get angry or belligerent, because acting that way could actually help prove the officer’s case. Instead, remain calm and respectful. Show that you understand what the officer is doing and be reasonable about their requests. If they want to arrest you, ask for your rights. Don’t speak with the officer about anything that might influence your case.
The officer may want to interview you at the police station, but you don’t need to do this alone. Ask to call your attorney and to have them present with you. You need to know more about your legal rights before you say anything.
It’s possible to clear up false allegations of a DWI
It is possible to clear up false accusations by having additional Breathalyzer tests, blood samples or urine tests, which is one thing your attorney may aim to have done depending on the situation. Remember, the Breathalyzer test is just one aspect of the case, and all angles need to be considered. Showing that you are in the right mind and reasonable will go a long way in helping you defend yourself.