When any of us are pulled over by law enforcement for any traffic violation it’s a scary experience. I know it has happened to me before, just getting a simple speeding ticket. I would urge you to be very calm and careful in how you proceed. Many times it is a traffic infraction and you are just going to get a ticket.
Sometimes things are different. At some hours of the evening, or even in the daytime, law enforcement may suspect that you’ve been drinking, consuming alcohol, may be impaired. The lining of questions will quickly change. They will change from “drivers license and Insurance” and “please sign here on this ticket” to “Where are you coming from? and “How much have you had to drink?”
You want to be very careful when that lining of questions comes up. Because now the focus of that stop has changed. It is now being investigated as a potential DWI stop. Be very careful.
At some point you will be asked to exit the vehicle. When that happens you need to unequivocally request your attorney. You’re welcome to say “I would like to speak to an attorney”, “I would like to speak to my attorneys Rolando Ramos and Andrew Del Cueto”, “I want an attorney present” but it has to be unequivocal.
You can not simply say “I refuse everything” because that is not going to be sufficient. And more often than not all of these interactions are being recorded, especially present day were seeing body cams coming in, dash cams are used on most of the vehicles now. Be very clear.
When you are asked to exit the vehicle obviously things are taking a turn for the worst and you want to make sure your rights are protected. You can refuse everything, that’s fair. You have your rights in effect, and they can’t force you to do anything, but many times people think that if they cooperate fully it’s going to make a difference, and quite honestly, it’s not. That’s the reality of it.
There are more good officers than not, the majority, if not most all of them, are excellent at what they do, and they are just doing a job. But you also have rights, those rights are superior to everything else, and you should not waiver on that. Don’t be afraid to say “I just want my attorney.”
Are you going to be arrested at that point? Very likely, but it is going to happen very likely anyway. Protect yourself, invoke your right.
Make sure you mention to want an attorney. You can even mention our names Rolando Ramos and Andrew Del Cueto, or the law firm of Ramos and Del Cueto. We’re here to help, please contact us.