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What to do if you get pulled over for a DUI

On Behalf of | Jul 20, 2023 | Blog, Dui Defense

Did you know that 37 people die in the United States every day from drunk driving accidents? In fact, in 2021, more than 13,000 people died in these types of incidents.

However, not everyone who gets pulled over for a DUI is actually drunk or driving under the influence. Therefore, this is what you should do if you get pulled over for a DUI.

Pull over immediately

When you see flashing lights in your rear-view mirror, find a place to pull over that is safe for both you and the officers who need to approach your vehicle. If it is dark outside, turn on your internal light. Then, place your hands on the steering wheel.

Decline field sobriety tests

The police judge field sobriety tests based on their perception. However, you need to exit your vehicle if the police ask you to. Just do so in a calm, collected manner.

In addition, avoid breathalyzer tests and avoid urine and blood tests at the station because they can give false positives. You may lose your license for a year for declining these tests and a judge can later order you to take them.

Communicate clearly and cautiously

Officers will approach your vehicle cautiously to protect your safety and their own. Avoid sudden movements and tell the officers what you plan to do before you do it. For example, if they ask for your registration, let them know you need to reach into your glove box. Speak and act with respect and politeness.

Answer their questions, but do not admit that you had anything to drink. Do not volunteer information, and do not incriminate yourself. Avoid speaking if you get arrested.

To get the best results, do not drink and drive. If you drink, designate a driver or call a cab.