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Do’s and Dont’s of Getting Pulled Over for DUI

Posted on September 18th, 2019 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

Do’s and Dont’s of Getting Pulled Over for DUI

Nobody wants to think about being pulled over by the police, especially for driving under the influence. But even good motorists can make a mistake and the worst can happen. What you do in these circumstances can have major implications for your license, your money, and even your freedom. Would you know how to handle being pulled over for a suspected DUI? If your answer is no, take heed of the following tips to prepare yourself should you ever be in such a bind.

What is DUI?

DUI is not limited to just one type of substance. Driving impaired is the offense of operating a motor vehicle while hindered by:

  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs
  • Prescription medications

Even over-the-counter drugs can lead to a DUI charge if an officer feels they have made you incapable of safely operating a vehicle. Consequences can include suspension of your driver’s license, heavy fines and even jail time – so knowing what to do is critical.

Do Remain Composed

Being pulled over is upsetting, but mouthing off to an officer can only make the situation worse. An officer treated with respect may be less likely to make an arrest or write an incriminating report. Maintain a helpful and friendly demeanor, including stepping out of the vehicle and answering questions honestly.

Don’t Say Anything Incriminating

Being polite to the officer does not mean that you have to share every single detail. While you are obligated to provide things like your name, license, and insurance information, you don’t have to answer whether you’ve been drinking. If the officer pressures you to answer, you can push back. In some cases, this can result in arrest. However, a DUI lawyer will have a much easier time arguing your case later if you haven’t inadvertently admitted guilt.

Don’t Take a Field Sobriety Test

No matter what the officer says, you aren’t legally required to take a field sobriety test, so don’t. This includes breath tests, blood or even urine tests. The results of any of these can be used as evidence against you, and you don’t want to help the police build their case. This is another instance in which you may be arrested. But a night in jail is preferable to a much longer period of incarceration should a court rule against you.

A DUI charge can have serious implications for your future. Use these tips if you’re pulled over and be sure to contact a DUI lawyer in Bloomington, IL promptly to defend your freedom.

Thanks to Pioletti, Pioletti & Nichols for their insight into criminal law and getting pulled over for a DUI.

 

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