Minot DUI Attorney
Protect Yourself from Serious Penalties
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious crime in the State of North Dakota. Each year thousands of accidents are attributed to intoxicated drivers and many of these drivers find themselves in jail, facing steep fines, and unable to drive because of license revocation. Though you should never drive after consuming drugs or alcohol, mistakes can happen. If you are arrested for driving while under the influence you still have rights and Rowenhorst Law works hard to protect them.
Call our Minot DUI lawyer for the help you need. We can be reached at (701) 203-9220.
Should I Consent to a Sobriety Test?
The United States Constitution protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures. It also affords you the right against self-incrimination. This means that police officers usually must have a sufficient reason for pulling you over and that in most cases you have the right to refuse a sobriety test.
There are penalties for refusing a sobriety test but generally we recommend that you do not submit to such tests. Sobriety tests can be confusing, conducted improperly, or misrepresent you and your level of sobriety. For example, those with a back or leg injury may appear to be intoxicated when asked to walk in a straight line.
What to do if asked to take a sobriety test:
- Never become combative with an officer attempting to conduct a sobriety test.
- Simply decline to take the test and request that you be allowed to leave.
- The officer will then have to make a judgment call as to whether he or she believes you should be arrested or allowed to go.
- If you are arrested do not make any further statements until you have contacted us and we are able to represent you during your interrogation.
Alternatives to Impaired Driving
If you have consumed drugs or alcohol you should not drive. If you anticipate that you will be using drugs or alcohol arrange for someone else to get you home safely.
You will also want to consider some of the following options:
- Minot public transportation: The City of Minot provides publicly supported transportation that may be available at reduced or no cost.
- Shared car services: Shared car services (such as Lyft and Uber) are growing in popularity and are affordable alternatives to impaired driving.
- Taxi services: Traditional taxi services are also available in Minot and they remain a safe and cost effective mode of transportation.
Let Rowenhorst Law Defend You
If you have been arrested on a DUI charge contact our Minot criminal defense lawyer immediately at (701) 203-9220 to discuss your rights. At Rowenhorst Law, we provide you with the compassionate and dedicated legal services that you deserve.
For a free 30-minute consultation, contact us today. We look forward to helping you work through the complex legal process.