Should you defend yourself after a DWI arrest?

by | Aug 24, 2020 | Criminal Defense

You had one drink at the bar before heading home, and you felt unusually tired on the way. As drowsy as you were, you decided you’d pull over as soon as possible. Before that could happen, you ended up crashing off to the side of the road.

A person nearby called 911 to have an emergency team come out, and an officer was the first to arrive. They helped you out of the vehicle since you were able to walk, but they immediately questioned if you were impaired. They could tell that you had been drinking, and you admitted that you had been at the bar.

You took a Breathalyzer test, but it came back only at .03%, well below the legal limit. You have no idea why you passed out, but since you couldn’t pass the field sobriety tests, you soon ended up behind bars.

Is this a situation worth defending?

You should always defend yourself in cases like this. There could be many explanations for falling asleep unexpectedly or passing out, like narcolepsy, seizure activity, diabetes or other medical conditions. Interactions between alcohol and your medications could have impaired you unexpectedly as well.

If you are arrested for drinking and driving, don’t plead guilty thinking that it will make things easier for you. It’s better to fight those charges, because having a DWI on your record could have a lasting impact on your life. Our website has more on what you can do if you’re charged with a DWI. It’s worth taking the time to defend your rights, and you deserve to have someone on your side to help you.