North Carolina Criminal Court ProcessJanuary 1, 2019
Types of Bail BondsMarch 15, 2019
Being arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated can be a nightmare scenario. You may wonder how you’ll navigate the court system and if your driver’s license will be taken away. Whether or not it’s your first offense, you deserve a fair process in court.
When you are pulled over by the police and suspected of a DWI/DUI, the best way to protect yourself is to understand your rights and invoke them. When you are interacting with the police, before or after an arrest, you have the right to:
- Remain silent. After identifying yourself and providing your driver’s license, you do not have to answer the officer’s questions or provide a statement. Instead, tell the officers you are choosing to remain silent until a North Carolina DWI lawyer is present.
- Request an attorney. You always have the right to a lawyer. If you are arrested for a DWI, inform the officers you want to contact an attorney, and that you will not answer questions until you have a lawyer present.