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Q&A Series: DWI Tests

I've been pulled over for a DWI, what should I do?

If you get pulled over on suspicion of driving while impaired, the officer may ask you to exit your vehicle and perform standardized field sobriety tests. You are not legal obligated to perform sobriety tests in every situation, but refusal to cooperate may result in your arrest. Your best chance of avoiding arrest, however, may be to provide a breath sample and hope the alcohol concentration level is under the legal limit. If the officer has probable cause to arrest you, then you will likely be taken to either a local hospital or police station to provide a blood, breath, or urine sample. A blood or urine test requires a warrant, but a breath test does not. Refusal to provide a blood or urine sample upon a warrant, or a breath sample without a warrant, could result in a separate criminal charge. 

If you ever find yourself in a similar situation and need legal advice, call attorney Eric Bain at 612.206.3767 for a free consultation.