After an evening out or following the consumption of a few drinks, it can be difficult to tell if you have met the legal limit for intoxication. As a result, you may find yourself facing charges for drinking and driving.
In Missouri, according to the Missouri Department of Revenue, you could face administrative and criminal charges for DWI if you drive with a blood alcohol content level at or above 0.08%. To prevent aggravating the charges against you, avoid the following actions during the DWI arrest process.
Provide lengthy answers
When arrested for DWI, do not provide extra information to the law enforcement official conducting the arrest when asked questions. Instead, respond with basic “yes” or “no” answers to any questions.
Refuse to provide required documents
When the arresting official comes up to your vehicle, do not keep your windows down and ignore the situation. Get out your license, registration and proof of insurance quickly when pulled over and prepare yourself to hand this information over to the law enforcement official at the scene.
Try to leave the scene of the arrest
When pulled over for DWI, you may want to get away from the situation and avoid the arrest process altogether. But even if you feel this way, do not try and flee the scene of the arrest. Doing so can result in additional charges.
A DWI arrest can result in significant consequences that affect you personally and professionally. Complying with the arrest can preserve your interests and help you establish a strong defense later on when your case goes to court.