When it comes to getting pulled over for a DUI, many people have misconceptions about how the process works, what their rights are, and what they should do. We’ve outlined a few things to keep in mind during this situation. Keep reading to learn about your rights and what you should do if pulled over for a DUI.
Know Your Rights
You should be aware of your rights to refuse sobriety tests such as a breathalyzer or blood test. If the officer chooses to arrest you, be sure you are aware of your Miranda Rights. While it’s important to be cooperative, it’s also important to know that you’re not required to complete tests or answer questions that aren’t basic questions like asking for your insurance, registration, name, etc.
Stay Calm and Polite
It’s common for police officers to be equipped with video cameras as a part of their uniforms, meaning your entire conversation with them will likely be recorded. When talking to the officer, it’s essential to stay calm and polite, as not to give the officer or anyone who will watch the recording any reason to believe you weren’t cooperating or were driving drunk/ impaired.
Don’t Admit to Drinking
When you’re pulled over, you will be asked for your license, registration, and insurance. The officer may ask you if you have been drinking. You are not required to answer this question. Often, officers only ask if you have been drinking but don’t ask you to specify how much, what kind, how long ago, or if you have eaten with it.
Don’t Agree to Sobriety tests
You’re allowed to decline to take any sobriety tests an officer asks you to participate in. The most common sobriety test officers use are breathalyzer tests. These tests are unreliable and aren’t guaranteed to come back with accurate results.
Don’t Make Statements After Arrest Without an Attorney
Your Miranda Rights give you the right to remain silent. It’s best to wait for an attorney to advise you on what to say or what questions to answer.
Contact an Attorney
Contact a lawyer or attorney that specializes in DUI cases as soon as possible to walk you through your case. Someone with experience in DUI cases will ensure you do and say the right things at the right time to provide the best outcome for your case.