Everyone knows that an OWI conviction is serious, with major long-term consequences that can reshape your life for years to come. Facing these types of charges can be overwhelming, especially with all the incorrect or outdated misinformation out there. To help cut through some of the confusion, Ryan Ellis, an experienced Indianola OWI attorney, of Ellis Law Offices, P.C. would like to explain some commonly misunderstood aspects of the law.
If you're being accused of drinking and driving, it's important to remember:
You Don't Have To Perform Field Sobriety Tests
If a police officer asks you to perform a roadside sobriety test, they've likely already decided to arrest you. In most cases, performing these scientifically questionable tests can only work against you; it's best to politely decline.
You Can Refuse A Portable Breath Test
While refusing to submit to a certified chemical testing may result in an automatic license suspension, this doesn't actually apply to portable devices law enforcement officers keep in their cars. These devices are not certified, prone to false positives, and are not admissible in court.
There Are Several Defenses Available
Many people feel that there are no options, so they simply give up and plead guilty. However, an experienced OWI attorney can often get your charges reduced, review your arrest and challenge the state's evidence, and may even be able to have your case dismissed entirely. Whenever you're interacting with the criminal justice system, you shouldn't make a move without consulting a lawyer.
As a law firm founded by a former prosecutor, Ellis Law Offices, P.C. has a unique insight into the system that allows them to effectively defend their clients' rights. Visit their website to learn more, or call (515) 962-9080 to schedule a strategy session with an accomplished OWI attorney today. You can also like them on Facebook for the latest news and updates.