What Should You Do if You Get Pulled Over for a DUI?

What Should You Do if You Get Pulled Over for a DUI?

If you’re being pulled over on the suspicion of drunk driving every action you take from then on out can impact your case. By the time the officer signals you to pull over, they have already made several observations about your driving that can influence your case, don’t give them any more ammunition to use. Here’s what you should do if you get pulled over for a DUI/DWI:

Pull over safely and as soon as you can. Avoid any sudden maneuvers, used your signal, and pull off into a safe area. Once you’ve stopped, put your vehicle in park, roll down the driver and passenger side windows, turn on the cab light if it’s dark, and keep your hands on the steering wheel.

Provide required information but do not answer any other questions. Be polite to the officer and provide them with all required documentation such as your license, registration, and proof of insurance. You will have to give them your name but do NOT answer any other questions. Anything you say can incriminate you, should you be arrested. You can instead tell the officer that you do not wish to answer any questions at this time.

Refuse the field sobriety test and roadside breathalyzer. By refusing roadside tests your license may be suspended for a year but it is worth the risk. Field sobriety tests are subjective and designed to simply give the officer more ammunition against you should you go to court for a DUI charge. The roadside breathalyzers are notoriously inaccurate and unreliable. You are well within your rights to refuse both. You may politely tell the officer that you are uncomfortable taking the tests or simply prefer not to.

Request to speak with an attorney and take BAC test at the station. If the officer arrests you, demand to speak with an attorney as soon as you are arrested and again at the police station. Once you are taken to the police station and have spoken with an attorney, participate in a breath test or allow the officer to take your blood – refusing at this point can lead to additional charges.

Cooperate. Be Polite. Request an Attorney

It’s very important that you cooperate within your rights, and be polite. Do not argue or try to talk your way out of the DUI. Simply follow instructions and keep your mouth shut. Anything you say can further incriminate you. Ask to speak with an attorney and request that you speak privately if the officer is standing nearby.

If you don’t already have an attorney, the officer will likely provide you with business listings of attorneys or you may request that he provide you with the number of a public defender. You should speak with an attorney even if you feel you can’t afford an attorney.

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