Very few individuals know that if they are asked to submit to a chemical test (breathalyzer), he or she MUST be granted 20 minutes to speak with an attorney if such a request is made during a DWI arrest. Very few police officers will inform the driver that he or she has a right to consult an attorney on whether or not to take a breath test. In fact, police officers DO NOT have to tell the driver of this right, which is the reason why most officers simply fail to inform a driver of this right.
It is critical to understand your rights. Making a request to speak with an attorney on whether or not to submit to a breath test can have a tremendous impact on your case. If you are pulled over and asked to submit to a breath test, it is vital that you politely tell the officer “I would like to call an attorney before I decide to submit to a chemical test.” At Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C., our DWI lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can help you make an informed decision on whether or not to submit to a chemical test. We can be reached at 314.645.4400. Do not make the mistake of refusing to exercise your rights.