Roy Weddleton
  Concord, NH 03301
(603) 228-1360 • roy@granitelaw.com

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What To Do When You Are Stopped by a Police Officer

We handle various criminal and traffic matters. These include:

  • DWI which means driving while impaired, and is also commonly known in other states as DWI, DUI, driving while intoxicated, driving while under the influence and drunk driving. 
  • reckless driving charges
  • disobeying a police officer charges
  • all violation and misdemeanor charges including simple assault and domestic violence 
  • suspension of your driver's license
  • revocation of your driver's license and habitual offender status classification and de-classification

IF YOU ARE STOPPED BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

Right from the beginning, you can help yourself by making sure you do certain things and not do certain things when you are stopped by a police officer. You will benefit greatly if you follow these Dos and Don'ts:

  1. DON'T: You do not have to answer questions, BUT it will make the police officer suspicious if you do not.
  2. DON'T: You do not have to consent to a search of your person or your car. The police officer may still be able to conduct a legal search in some instances.
  3. DO: You must give the police officer your license and registration if stopped.
  4. DON'T: If you are stopped and the police officer suspects you are drunk, you do not have to answer their questions regarding what you had to drink. You also do not have to perform the field sobriety tests (touch nose, etc.) or submit to a blood test, urine analysis or breathalyzer test. BUT if you do not submit to these tests, your driver's license may be suspended.
  5. DO: If the police say they have a search warrant, ask to look at it. If you do not understand it, call Attorney Weddleton for his assistance.
  6. DO: You have the right to remain silent and to talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police. Remember the TV show "Law & Order" -- "anything you say or do, can and will be used against you."

Under all circumstances there are some practical rules you should follow when dealing with the police:

  1. DON'T argue, threaten or be belligerent in any way.
  2. DON'T physically resist.
  3. DON'T say anything about the incident in question.
  4. DO: After the confrontation or your arrest write everything down that you can remember.
  5. DO: Call Roy Weddelton at JG&W as soon as you can.

So whether you need help defending a simple assault charge, had your license suspended or have been charged with drunken driving, call Attorney Weddleton. He's here to help you because being innocent and honest is not enough. You should have a lawyer to protect your rights.

Would you like to know more?  Be sure to read our other articles.

If you have questions or want additional information,
call Attorney Weddleton at 603-228-1360 or e-mail him roy@granitelaw.com.
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