Did you know that a 911 call alleging your car swerving on the road can result in a police officer visiting your home? Suspicion of drunk driving could result in an unexpected appearance by law enforcement.
While we encourage our clients to be cooperative with the police, we discourage them from compromising their rights. The police showing up at your home does not require you to respond to knocks or ringing doorbells. Unless presented with a warrant, you are under no obligation to allow the police entry to your home or answer their questions. If you admit to driving, even if the police never saw you, you may still be arrested and charged with DUI. If you happen to open the door, questions regarding your whereabouts during the time of the initial 911 call can be met with politely closing the door.
The bottom line is this: providing the police any information will likely lead to an arrest for a non-driving DUI, even if you are at home.
Milwaukee DUI Arrest Defense Attorneys
When selecting a drunk driving defense attorney, generate your own FAQ (frequently asked questions). Ask him or her the following:
- How many cases have you won?
- When was the last case you won?
- How many DUI victories have occurred in court?
- When was your last trial?
Dennis Melowski — the only one to have been selected 10 times for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers list by Law & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine for DUI defense from 2005 to 2011 — has been successful in defending clients facing non-DUI charges. By success, we mean acquittals or reduction in charges, not nominal reductions in jail time or fines.
Far too much is at stake to allow a conviction for DUI based on a statement from a witness not trained as a police officer. No initial stop and no immediate testing of any kind can lead to acquittal of non-driving DUI charges.