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Here are 6 Things you should do if you are pulled over for DUI:
Here are a few things you should do if you’re pulled over and arrested for drunk driving.
1. Find a safe place to pull your vehicle over and off the road.
Keep it in the front of your mind that the police officer will be making detailed observations that he will document in the police report. This report can have a major impact on the outcome of your trial. Pull over smoothly and carefully , do not slow down too abruptly, or pull over in an unsafe location.
2. Be nice , polite and respectful.
The obvious reason to treat the officer nicely is that you do not want to make your situation worse or increase your odds of being arrested on the spot. If you are rude and hostile, the officer is more likely to write this in the police report.
3. Don’t make any sudden or rash movements.
Officers are trained to be cautious, and to protect themselves. So, don’t be threatening, don’t make any sudden movements and keep your hands on the wheel at 10 and 2 o’clock.
4. Don’t answer any potentially incriminating questions, and don’t lie.
The stress and anxiety of getting pulled over can cause people to talk to much and even say things that incriminate themselves. If the officer asks you if you’ve been drinking, or how much—and you’re concerned that you might incriminate yourself—simply say, “I’m sorry, officer, but I’ve been advised not to answer any questions.” Lying is not a good idea. If you decide to answer anything, answer it truthfully. If you lie and it comes out later, the fact that you lied can be used against you in court.
5. Once you’ve been released, write down and document everything that you can remember about the timeline and details of the incident.
The more detailed notes you take about your arrest, the easier it will be for your attorney to fight the charges against you. Include in your notes things like the following.
- What you were doing , the time, and where you were doing , before you got behind the wheel
- Exactly how much you had to drink and the time
- How long after you had the last drink were you arrested
- What the officer said , what he did and any instructions he gave you
- What you said to the officer and what questions you answered
- The exact location where you were pulled over
- What time and if you were read your Miranda rights
Write down every detail that you can remember, even if it does not seem important.
6. Contact an Experienced DUI Attorney.
You deserve an experienced DUI defense attorney who will fight for your rights. The single most important thing you can do for yourself is to find a qualified attorney who knows DUI law. Don’t face DUI charges alone. Call us today for a FREE Confidential Consultation (855) 772-9311