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5 Tips For Making it Through an OWI Stop in Wisconsin

It’s a sight no Wisconsin driver wants to see…flashing lights in your rearview mirror. The sense of apprehension can grow even stronger if you realize those lights are directed at getting you to pull over. If you’ve been drinking, you might feel panicked, angry, worried, or any combination of feelings.

Getting stopped for OWI is stressful enough. Don’t add to an already tense situation by being disrespectful or abrasive with the officer. It’s important to remain calm and respectful at all times. This will help you get through the check without added complications like resisting arrest. We cover 5 more tips in the list below.

5 Tips to Make it Through an OWI Stop in Wisconsin

  1. Keep Your Cool. Take a breath, pull over, and remain calm.
  2. Have Your Information Ready. Pull out your driver’s license, insurance, and car vehicle registration information so you are ready to hand it over to the officer when he or she approaches.
  3. Mind What You Say. Always be polite and respectful and answer the officer’s questions as best you can but be mindful of what you say since whatever you say can and will be used against you.
  4. Know Your Rights About FSTs. Field sobriety tests (FSTs) are common in Wisconsin. Remember, there is no legal requirement for you to submit to these tests. You can refuse an FST, but if you do it will be an indicator of guilt and intoxication.. Don’t give the officer any reason at all to try to charge you with any additional crimes.
  5. Remain Cooperative. If you refuse an FST, you will be arrested immediately. Also, be aware that once you are in police custody, you will be required to undergo chemical testing of your blood or breath. This is covered by the state’s Implied Consent laws.

Contact an Eisenberg Law Attorney Right Away

The single most important thing you can do if you have been arrested for an OWI is to contact a defense attorney. The attorneys at Eisenberg Law Offices can help you defend yourself against the charges and will ensure your rights are respected and protected throughout the legal process.

Discuss your case with one of our attorneys during a free consultation by calling 608-256-8356 or emailing