What will happen if you are pulled over for DWI in Kansas City?

Written by: Christopher Yotz 

            If you are pulled over for a traffic violation the officer may ask you questions to determine if you have been drinking. If the officer believes that you have alcohol in your system he will likely ask you to submit to field tests involving the HGN (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus), Walk and Turn and the One Leg Stand tests. More than likely, after these tests are either completed or not the officer will place you under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated.

            Once placed under arrest you will be taken to a police station where you will be booked into the system. The officer will ask you a series of questions related to your actions over the recent 24 to 48 hours. He will also ask you to submit to a chemical test of your breath or blood. You can request time to speak to an attorney of your choice and the officer must give you 20 minutes time and provide you with the means to contact an attorney. After you either submit to the test or refuse then you will likely receive a bond amount which is a financial promise to appear in court. You can either post any monetary bond required directly with the court (this money is held until the case is resolved and then released back to you) or you can hire a bondsman and pay that person a fee to post the financial promise that you will appear in court.

            At this point, most people are physically and mentally wrung out. I understand this. However, you must start the process of hiring an attorney to help you with the situation you are in. You must do this rather quickly as timing may be important for you to protect your rights in the criminal case and to protect your driving privilege.

            Hire an experienced DWI attorney to help you. Driving While Intoxicated is a complex charge and it takes a solid background in DWI defense to do it right. Contact attorney Chris Yotz to help defend your rights.