What You Should Know About DWI Arrests

Being arrested is an intimidating experience, no matter the circumstances. This is especially true when you’re arrested under suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI). A DWI arrest can affect your life for many years to come, both personally and professionally.

Fortunately, knowing what to expect can alleviate some of the stress and help you devise a solid plan going forward. While each situation is different, the following are some common occurrences during a DWI arrest.

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You’re Stopped by the Police

Unless you’re subject to a sobriety checkpoint, the police officer must have a reason to stop you while driving. Reasons range from traffic violations, such as failing to fully stop at a stop sign, or problems with your vehicle, such as a broken taillight. The officer may also pull you over for erratic driving, driving too slow or too fast, swerving, and other questionable behaviors.

The Officer Asks Questions and Observes Behavior

The officer will request your license, registration, and proof of insurance. The officer may also ask questions to determine whether you’re inebriated. This can include asking if you’ve been drinking that night, and if so, how much. During this interaction, the officer will pay close attention to your behavior to look for things like confusion, slurred speech, and other indications of inebriation.

Chemical or Field Sobriety Tests Are Administered

At this point, you may be asked to step outside the vehicle for further testing. Administering a breathalyzer determines your blood alcohol content (BAC) to see if you’re on or above the legal limit of .08%. Field sobriety testing can also be conducted. These tests include walk and turn, one-leg stand, and horizontal gaze nystagmus tests.

You’re Arrested and Detained

If your BAC is .08% or higher, or field testing shows indications of inebriation, you will be arrested. You’ll be taken to a local police station where you’ll be booked and held until someone posts bail or you’re released on your own recognizance.

How an Attorney Can Help After a DWI Arrest

My name is Angela Arellanes, and I’ve provided skilled legal guidance to Albuquerque residents thanks to my law firm Angela Arellanes Law. I’m happy to answer your questions and assist you in developing a legal strategy after your arrest.

If you’d like to schedule a consultation, please call 505.247.2417. You can also feel free to contact me if you’d like more information.