Happy New Year from the Dayton criminal lawyer and Dayton DUI attorney at Helen Wallace, Attorney at Law. I wish you all a safe and happy 2013. If you go out to celebrate and find yourself without a sober driver to take you home, please be advised that a free cab ride is only a phone call away if you reside in Montgomery County, Ohio. ArriveSafe, a program sponsored by Mat Heck, the Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney, with support from AAA Miami Valley, Heidelburg Distributing Company and Sandy’s Towing and Recovery, will be offering free cab rides home during the New Year’s weekend starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 and ending at 6 a.m. Jan. 2.
Call ArriveSafe at (937) 449-9999 and request a free ride home. Cab fare is covered up to $50.
If you find yourself the target of an OVI traffic stop, the following are a few tips to assist you in protecting your constitutional rights:
Be respectful and calm with the officer. If the officer ask you where you are coming from or if you have been drinking, rather than making potentially incriminating statements, invoke your right to legal counsel. RESPECTFULLY state that before you do or say anything, you want to speak to an attorney.
If the officer asks you to exit your vehicle, you should exit the vehicle. Likewise, if the officer asks for your driver’s license or registration, you should also provide him or her with the requested documents.
Field sobriety tests (HGN, Walk and Turn, Heel to Toe, Finger to Nose, etc..) are VOLUNTARY. Rather than consenting to taking any test, invoke your right to legal counsel and respectfully state that before you do or say anything, you want to speak to an attorney. Should the police officer(s) ask you for consent to search your vehicle, politely and respectfully SAY NO. Do not give your consent to any searches. Chemical tests (breathalyzer, blood, urine) are VOLUNTARY. Again, invoke your right to legal counsel and respectfully state that before you do or say anything, you want to speak to an attorney. The police officer will most likely tell you that refusing the chemical test automatically results in a 1-year driver’s license suspension. The warning may be worded in such a way that you may think you have to submit to the chemical testing. However, it is important to know that if your driver’s license is suspended due to a refusal to submit to a chemical test, that suspension can be appealed. If in doubt, respectfully and calmly state that prior to making any statements or decisions, you want to speak to your Dayton DUI attorney .
Stay safe, and Happy Holidays from Helen Wallace, Attorney at Law.
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