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Title Slide: Getting Arrested for OWI | With Attorney Pat Stangl
Question: I've just been arrested for OWI. What should I do?
Attorney Pat Stangl: First, be polite and be cooperative. You are not required in Wisconsin to submit to field sobriety testing. It's a common notion that when an officer asks you to step out of the car and submit to field sobriety testing that you are required to do so. You are not.
One of the best things you can do is to politely refuse to submit to a field sobriety test. That includes refusing to blow into what is called a PBT or a handheld primary breath test which is often used at the side of the road. You do not have to submit to that test.
If you politely refuse those tests, you will be arrested because he officer can conclude or factor in the fact that you are not doing those sobriety tests. He can figure that into his probable cause analysis in determining whether to arrest you or not.
They are having you do the field sobriety test for basically two reasons. One is to get evidence against you on the operating while intoxicated charge. The other is to establish a sufficient legal reason called probable cause to arrest you.
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