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What to Do If You’re Pulled Over for Drunk Driving

New Hampshire police officers are trained to look for several different clues to determine if a driver has been drinking. If you’re pulled over by a police officer, keep these tips in mind regardless of whether or not you have been drinking.

  1. Pull over in a safe place. Slow down and pull over gradually. An officer who suspects you of DWI may presume that stopping quickly or erratically or pulling over in an unsafe place means you are intoxicated.
  2. Keep your hands in plain sight and be polite. Police officers are trained to protect themselves. They may respond with force if threatened by any sudden movements. Likewise, police officers are less likely to arrest you if you are calm and respectful. Keep both hands where the officer can see them, and speak in an even voice.
  3. Don’t answer questions, but don’t lie. You must give your name, your drivers’ license, and a copy of your registration when asked. However, you do not have to answer any question that might incriminate you. Do not lie to the officer. The fact that you lied can be used against you in court.
  4. Facing the chemical test. In New Hampshire, each driver gives implied consent to a chemical test for DWI when he or she receives a New Hampshire driver’s license. If you refuse the test, your license may be suspended for at least 180 days – longer if you have a previous DWI conviction.
  5. Take notes and contact an attorney. Write down everything you can remember about the encounter with the police as soon as possible, including whether or not you had been drinking and how much. Keep this information handy while you contact an attorney with experience in DWI cases.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for drunk driving, the experienced New Hampshire drunk driving defense lawyers at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. can help you understand your rights and determine the best course of action for your situation. Call (888) 332-5855 today for a free and confidential consultation.

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