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4 costly mistakes after a DWI

A DWI comes with serious penalties. Take the case of one North Carolina man who ran his SUV into a restaurant while under the influence of alcohol. Several people sustained injuries, and police arrested the man with a $200,000 bond. 

If you ever find yourself in this predicament, then it is paramount you hire an attorney immediately; serious consequences are on the table. Even first-time offenders can face jail time and significant fines for a DWI. Here are the things to avoid in the aftermath of the police pulling you over:

1. Not using your right to remain silent

An officer will inform you of your right to remain silent after you are under arrest. However, you should be careful with how much information you provide prior to the arrest. You should absolutely comply with a cop's requests, but you do not have to answer questions related to how much you had to drink. 

2. Continuing to drive

After a DWI arrest, you can certainly expect the cops and state DMV to suspend your license. It may take a while for your court case to occur, but you should avoid driving during this time. If the cops catch you driving with a suspended license, then you will only increase the fine. 

3. Taking tests at face value

Police officers make mistakes all the time when it comes to administering breathalyzers and taking blood samples. Hiring an experienced DWI lawyer is critical because an attorney can poke holes in the prosecution's case. Jot down details of how the cops provided these tests to you. Every detail matters. 

4. Testifying in court

An attorney will provide you with all the details you need to have the most potentially successful case possible. In most cases, that will involve you avoiding any time testifying. There is always a risk you will incriminate yourself. However, if you personally need to provide key details to the case, then make sure to walk through your testimony with your attorney first. 

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