As adults, we know that the responsible thing to do if we've been drinking is to have a designated driver get us safely home. But if you find yourself pulled over and being accused of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), what should you do?
Arrests and convictions for driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) -- even when no one is hurt -- can be costly, time-consuming and life-changing. It's important for you to know when you've reached the legal intoxication limit even when you don't feel drunk. And it can be even more important if you are a woman, because you can often reach those limits faster than your male counterparts.
Auto accidents can be scary, especially if drivers aren't sure what to do after a collision, and state laws vary regarding mandatory procedures after an accident. In most cases, drivers are required to stop, give information and render aid if they hit a pedestrian or vehicle. Drivers may also need to stop if they hit an animal.
Police officers must respect your rights. If your car was searched, the officers need to prove they were justified in both stopping you and searching your vehicle. If they can't, your charges could be dropped.