Getting pulled over after a night out can be a scary event. You may have believed you were sober enough to drive, or maybe you believed you didn’t have any other option. Whatever the case may be, you may worry about what happens after an accident becomes an arrest.
If you are facing charges of a DUI or DWI, it is important to understand your rights.
Understand Your DUI or DWI Charges
DUI stands for “driving under the influence” of any substance, including alcohol. DWI stands for “driving while intoxicated” or even “driving while impaired.” Depending on the state you live in, these acronyms can have different meanings, or they can mean the same thing.
In Minnesota, both DUI and DWI are used interchangeably with one another. Being charged with a DUI or DWI means that the operator was driving or being in control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a hazardous substance or a controlled substance.
Both terms also refer to an individual with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit shown by breath, blood or urine test. Although in some states, a DUI is a lesser charge than a DWI, this is not the case in Minnesota. All charges can result in prison or jail time as well as fines and other repercussions.
What Are My Rights?
If you have been charged with a DUI/DWI, you still have rights, even after the initial traffic stop and formal charges. These rights include:
- The right to remain silent. After your formal charges, you still have the right to remain silent when dealing with law enforcement. You do not have to answer any questions without first consulting with your attorney. This allows you to stay safe from any incriminating statements.
- The right to an attorney. You have the right to hire an attorney to help you navigate the process ahead. You will need to understand the legalities of your charge and understand the court rulings that may be delivered.
- The right to a fair trial. Even if you are charged, it is important to understand your right to plead innocence. You have the right to a fair trial and will be believed to be innocent until proven guilty in court.
A professional attorney will help you navigate your charges and rights, focusing on offering the best outcome possible.
Call Us to Discuss Your Next Steps
At White & Associates, we understand how stressful and emotional a new charge can be. We are here to offer litigation services for your DUI or DWI charge, helping you receive the best outcome for your future. Schedule a consultation today or give us a call at 763-241-0477 to learn more.