As a criminal defense attorney on Long Island, I have created some tips on what you should do if you are pulled over for a DWI in Northport, New York.
You have two basic choices:
(1) Take the breathalyzer test
(2) Do not agree to take a breathalyzer test or the field sobriety test.
The decision to take the breathalyzer test depends on whether or not you have had a prior DWI or DUI in the last ten years and whether you have had any alcohol in the last two hours. If you have a prior DWI or DUI AND you had any alcohol in the last two hours, then you should probably refuse to take the breathalyzer test.
The police officer may tell you that you have to take the test, however, you have an absolute right to refuse to take a breathalyzer test.
If you refuse to take the breathalyzer test, then the police officer will then ask you to take a field sobriety test. Again, you have the absolute right to refuse to take this test. No matter what the police officer says, you can refuse to take this test.
Simply tell the police officer that you want to speak with your attorney and then tell them you want to call your attorney now.
You should only take the breathalyzer test if you are absolutely sure that you had no alcohol in the last 2 hours and if you have never been convicted of a DWI or DUI.