When a Wisconsin police officer makes a traffic stop, there is no telling how events will unfold. In many cases, if you’re the one being pulled over, you might lower your window only to be given a warning that one of your brake lights isn’t functioning. Perhaps the officer doesn’t mention car equipment but tells you to slow down because you were clocked a few miles over the posted speed limit. Such incidents are stressful, although not as disconcerting as it might be if you’re suspected of OWI and the officer asks you to step out of your vehicle.
As soon as such a request is made, it’s likely that the police officer suspects you of a crime. Anything you say or do from that point on may significantly affect the ultimate outcome of your situation. Knowing your rights and how to exercise them may be the key to minimizing negative consequences.
Many people believe they must submit to field sobriety tests or preliminary alcohol screenings by the roadside if a police officer requests it. The truth is, you are under no legal obligation to do so. There is no administrative or legal penalty for refusal. On the other hand, most drivers think it is best to cooperate to avoid further complications during a traffic stop.
An OWI conviction can have a negative effect on your personal life and your career, as well as your college education if you happen to be a student at the time. You have the right to remain silent and also have the right to speak to an attorney. By relying on an experienced Wisconsin legal team such as Krische & Moertel LLC, you can take the first step toward protecting your rights and driving privileges when you have been arrested and accused of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.