You have been arrested for drunk driving (DWI or DUI) and you want to know what to do. There are several things you should do and some things you should not do, specifically:

Immediately contact an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney. When you are pulled over and the police ask you to take a Breathalyzer test, you have the right to call an attorney for advice. If you have already been arrested and have a court wait, call an attorney as soon as possible, do not wait until right before your court date. The sooner you call an attorney, the better your attorney will be able to prepare your defense.

When you are pulled over, do not volunteer any information. If the police officer asks if you have you have consumed any alcohol, do not answer this question. Remember, anything you say to a police office, can and will be held against you. There is only one exception to this rule, if the truthful answer is that you have not consumed any alcohol in the last 24 hours, then you can state to the police office, that you have not consumed any alcohol in the last 24 hours. Even if you believe that you are not “over the legal limit,” do not guess, simply refuse to answer this question. You can state, that you want to talk to your attorney, before answering this question.

There are several considerations on whether you should take or refuse a breathalyzer test. Every situation is different, so it is difficult to give general advice about whether to take or refuse the test. However, in most situations, it is best to take the test. Your attorney should be able to contest how the test was performed. If you do refuse to take the test, then you will be facing a mandatory suspension of your license. In those situations, your attorney may be able to contest the suspension of your license.

If your license has been suspended or taken away, do not drive. If you are caught driving with a suspended license or without a license, then you will face more serious criminal charges.

Try to write down everything that happened before, during and after the address. It is important to remember as many details as possible, especially about what exactly the police office did and said to you.

If you have been arrested for drunk driving (DWI or DUI), then you need to hire an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney. In Long Island, New York (Suffolk County and Nassau County), David Badanes and the Badanes Law Office will help you in your DWI and DUI case. Call David Badanes and the Badanes Law Office today at 631-239-1702, email me at or visit our web site:

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