Know All Your Options For DWI Defense

You probably don't need anyone to tell you that a DWI charge in Arkansas has serious consequences under today's laws. At The Law Offices of Ryan Allen, our approach to drunk driving cases is individualized and thorough. As a former prosecutor in North Little Rock, you can count on attorney Ryan Allen to explore all your options and provide a solid defense that specifically counters Arkansas prosecutors.

What To Keep In Mind When You're Pulled Over

The moment you are pulled over for driving while intoxicated (DWI) may be one of the most frightening and uncertain moments of your life. You may be an otherwise upstanding citizen, who is now facing consequences that could put your career and livelihood into jeopardy. Before you overreact, keep these things in mind:

  • You can refuse a sobriety test, but the consequences may be more severe. If law enforcement has probable cause to believe you are drunk driving, they may ask you to take a sobriety test. Under Arkansas law, it is implied that you consent to these tests, just by having a license. If you refuse, while the prosecutor may have less evidence against you, your penalties may be more serious if you are still found guilty.
  • You have the right to speak to an attorney. Before you submit to any tests or speak to an officer, you have the right to call a criminal defense lawyer to receive advice on your next steps forward. Every case is unique, so individualized counsel can be invaluable.
  • Officers cannot search your vehicle without probable cause. If you have alcohol or other substances in your vehicle, officers must have enough reason to perform a search. Do not give them permission, as this allows them to use all evidence they find against you. If they perform an unlawful search, you may use that to your defense in the court of law.

When you are charged with a DWI, you need to know what to do next — and how soon to do it. Waiting and worrying without talking to a lawyer is unproductive, and it may restrict options involving your driver's license.

Speak Directly With A Proven Criminal Defense Lawyer

You may have heard stories about attorneys who do not return calls, and are nearly impossible to reach when you need them most. In the moments after you are pulled over, you need a lawyer who will pick up the phone. If you are facing drunk driving charges or are pulled over for DWI, call our offices at 501-313-1748 immediately. We offer free initial consultations to all potential clients.