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What to do if you get pulled over for a suspected DUI

On Behalf of | May 3, 2024 | Criminal Law |

Drinking and driving is a serious offense that can lead to fines, license suspensions, rehabilitation programs and jail time.

Therefore, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you get pulled over because law enforcement suspects you of driving under the influence, you should know how to handle it properly.

Pull over safely

Drunk driving kills 37 people every day, according to the United States Department of Transportation, increasing law enforcement’s vigilance concerning suspected DUI actions.

If you notice the police car’s lights flashing behind you, find a safe place to pull over. Use your indicator, park in a safe spot and turn your hazard lights on. Remain calm, polite, respectful and cooperative with the officer. Keep your hands visible on the steering wheel, and avoid making any sudden movements.

Provide necessary information

Provide the officer with your license, registration and insurance. Comply with their requests promptly and accurately. Avoid reaching for items in your vehicle unless instructed to do so.

However, refrain from admitting to drinking or using any substances. Politely decline to answer questions that may be self-incriminating.

Consider intoxication testing

The officer may ask you to perform field sobriety tests, such as walking in a straight line or standing on one leg. Law enforcement may also ask you to submit to breath or blood testing. In most jurisdictions, refusing field sobriety, breath or chemical test can result in severe penalties, including license suspension or even arrest.

To save lives and prevent DUI consequences, call for a ride or designate a driver when you plan to imbibe.