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Stopped for drug DWI? Here’s what to know

On Behalf of The Law Firm of Brent D. Ratchford |

When the term DWI is mentioned, it usually involves drinking. However, a police officer may also stop you if they suspect you of driving under the influence of drugs. Many people in North Carolina and around the country will experience this and not know what the proper legal procedures should be, so they may end up in worse trouble. The following includes further information on drug DWI.

Avoid drugs and driving

The best way to avoid being stopped for a DWI is to not drive under the influence of drugs in the first place. It is important to mention that even prescription drugs will get you in trouble if you get behind the wheel while drowsy or suffering other side effects that impair your ability to drive.

Everything you say will be used against you

Even if you are under the legal limit of drugs in your system, talking too much can often be enough to place you under arrest. Unfortunately, some police officers will attempt to get you to admit that you may have taken more than you taught. Always keep your cool and only provide the officer with your basic information.

Know your rights

No matter the situation, there are certain rights that you have when a police officer has stopped you. Some of those rights include:

  • The right to remain silent
  • The right to be free from wrongful search and seizure
  • The right to a police report

In the end, the most important thing you can do for yourself and your freedom is to obtain the services of an attorney who has experience in DWI cases. An attorney may be able to help you win your case or get the charges dismissed.