Police are on the lookout for anyone who appears intoxicated, so there’s a chance you could find yourself pulled over even if you’re 100% sober. For example, if you floated over the center line by accident, the officer may have taken this as a sign of intoxication.
There are things you should and shouldn’t do during a DUI traffic stop. Here are some tips to guide you:
- Immediately pull over: Once you see police lights and realize the officer is after you, pull your vehicle to a nearby parking lot or the side of the road. It’s best to do this immediately, as you don’t want to give off the impression that you’re trying to evade them.
- Provide the requested information: The first thing the officer will do is ask for your license, registration and proof of insurance. Wait until they ask for it to find it in your vehicle, as grabbing for anything without permission will put the officer on the offensive.
- Keep quiet: It’s okay to answer basic questions, such as where you are heading, but don’t share too much information. And if you don’t understand a question, you have the legal right to remain silent.
- Don’t consent to a vehicle search: Even if you have nothing to hide, you never know if the officer will find something that doesn’t agree with them. For example, if you have a prescription medication in your glove box, it could result in felony charges.
- Never admit to drinking: Don’t tell the officer that you have recently consumed alcohol, even if only a single drink. This is evidence that the officer will use against you in court. Politely turn down the request to answer.
If you do these things during a DUI traffic stop, you’ll find it easier to remain calm while protecting your legal rights.
Should the officer put your under arrest for suspicion of DUI, continue to remain quiet as you mentally note the process they’re following. Pay close attention to anything the officer may do that violates your rights.
Once you understand your charges, you can decide on a DUI defense strategy to employ when your day in court arrives.