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Step-By-Step Guidance From An Experienced DWI Attorney

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) convictions have the potential to seriously disrupt your everyday life, if not your very livelihood. Not only could you lose your license for several months or years but you may also receive jail sentences and heavy fines. How you respond to your charges could make a big difference on your future. An experienced DWI attorney can help.

I am Carl J. Civella. For more than a quarter of a century I have provided thorough legal guidance and representation to clients charged with DWIs. I have extensive experience protecting client rights, and I offer personalized attention to individuals seeking my aid. I represent clients throughout St. Louis County and surrounding Missouri and Illinois communities.

Understanding The Best Course Of Action When Pulled Over For A DWI

Even first-time offenders may face significant penalties for a DWI conviction. It may help you to take note of the following steps should a police officer pull you over for a DWI:

  • Find a safe place to pull your vehicle over
  • Turn off your vehicle and remain calm
  • Provide your necessary documents like your license, registration and proof of insurance
  • Be careful not to give too much information
  • If the officer requests you to do so, exit the vehicle
  • Refuse any requests for a sobriety test if the officer has not arrested you

Note: if you are arrested, refusal for a sobriety test in Missouri and Illinois may mean you lose your license for up to a year. Your final step should be contacting a lawyer as soon as you are able to.

Looking For Help? Call My Office Today.

For more information on how to respond to a DWI charge, or what to do when pulled over, call my office in Clayton at 314-727-2886 or send an email. I offer free consultations to those seeking legal assistance.