Labor Day weekend is widely regarded in Minnesota as the last fun blast of summer. Local law enforcement agencies and state patrol view it as a very dangerous time. With a greater number of impaired drivers expected on the roads this weekend, a number of people may be stopped on suspicion of DWI.
Because of this, it is important to know how to handle drunk driving stops in Minnesota. Of course, it may not always be possible to avoid a drunk driving charge, but knowing what to expect can help.
Stay calm and be polite – Indeed, it is not a picnic to be stopped by the police. But being sarcastic or aggressive may lead the officer to ask you to get out of the car. Once out of the car, it is more than likely that you will be arrested. To avoid this situation, keep calm and be polite.
Take things slow – To police officers, quick moves are seen as acts of aggression, so it’s no surprise that they will react to such moves with higher levels of force. With this in mind, it may not be the best idea to reach quickly for your registration. The cop may be even quicker to his (or her) gun. It may be better to ask the officer if you can each for something before you do it.
Use reasonable eye contact – Officers want to know as much about you as possible and they know that a person’s eyes can reveal a lot. Cold stares translate into aggressive stances that raise an officer’s threat level. Bloodshot eyes may tell an officer that the driver may be intoxicated. Similarly, sleepy or half open eyes may suggest the driver is impaired by marijuana or prescription drugs. Ultimately, a polite rapport with reasonable eye contact is appropriate.
If you have questions after being charged with DWI in Minnesota during Labor Day weekend, an experienced criminal defense attorney can advise you.