How To Handle Being Pulled Over By The Cops On Suspicion Of DUI
One of the best pieces of advice that anyone can ever tell you is to just not drink and drive. The trouble is, many people will have a beer, thinking that it won’t affect their driving skills on the road.
Even the weakest beer you could ever drink will have a negative impact on your reaction times and the way you perceive hazards on the road. The thing about alcohol is that it can affect people in different ways.
One person might be able to drink twice the amount of beers that their buddy drinks without feeling “drunk.”
Of course, the only time that you will know just how drunk you are is when you get pulled over by the cops. Getting pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol can be a scary prospect. Especially if you’ve never got pulled over by the cops before!
In today’s blog post, I will walk you through the steps of dealing with such an event so that you can be best prepared in case the worst happens.
Stay in your vehicle
The first step to remember is to sit in your vehicle, and keep your seat belt on. At night, turn your interior light on so that the cops don’t have to worry about you pulling a gun on them!
Unless the police officer asks you to step outside of your vehicle, stay inside of it. If you ignore this piece of advice, you are likely to have the police officers draw their guns and aim them at you.
The police officer will ask you for your driver’s license and registration details. When you drive, I recommend you keep those details near you, in your pocket or your glove box, for instance.
If you spend too much time looking for them, it will increase their suspicions that you have been drinking.
Refuse to take field tests
Does the police officer still suspect you have had too much to drink? If so, and they ask you to take field tests, you should refuse to take them.
They might scare you into taking them by saying that you are “going to jail.” But the truth is, you are likely to end up going to the police station anyway. The results of any field tests you take will get used as evidence against you. You are not obliged to take them on the roadside.
Refuse a search of your car
Don’t give the police consent to search your car. If they wanted to do so, they can get a search warrant.
Don’t answer questions
Refuse to answer any questions at the roadside. Just tell the officer that you won’t answer any questions unless you get advised to do so by your attorney.
You can still cooperate with the police officers at the roadside. But the key here is to not incriminate yourself by admitting anything!
At the police station
Once you are at the police station, call a Phoenix DUI lawyer to represent you. It is better to have an attorney present when you are at the police station than go through the process alone.
I hope this blog post has been of use to you. Thanks for reading!