When pulled over by police based on reasonable suspicion of driving while impaired, you still have basic rights. While you must cooperate when they request a license and proof of insurance, you do not have to answer their questions. They are trained to get any useful information out of you to be used in a court of law, but it’s not a legal obligation for you to answer. You have the right to remain silent.

The law gets more complicated when asked to step out of your car or take a blood, urine, or breath test. Refusing to step out of your car could be considered obstruction of the legal process. So, it’s best to comply. For the test, Minnesota law dictates that if you are driving in their state, you have given “implied consent” for your blood alcohol level being tested based on probable cause. If you refuse, the police will have cause to arrest you and charge you with a more serious crime.

Whether you have taken the test or not, it is important not to run away or aggravate the police during the stop or while being arrested. If so, you could be charged with other crimes along with a DWI violation. To ensure the best case for your situation, exercise your right to remain silent and request the presence of a lawyer as soon as possible. Our criminal defense attorneys will give you honest answers and a strong defense to ensure the best possible outcome.