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What Should You Do When Pulled Over for a DUI?

On Behalf of | Nov 17, 2020 | Firm News

November 17, 2020

When a cop pulls you over under the suspicion of a DUI, he or she has already made assumptions about you. Generally, cops look for cues that indicate drunk drivers. They may claim that they saw you weaving, swerving or braking erratically. If pulled over, move to the side of the road as safely as possible. While you should never hesitate, you do not want to drive recklessly either.

Once you come to a stop, turn the car off, keep your hands on the wheel and wait for the officer, advises the Huffington Post.

Try for Silence Over Candid Statements

You have every right to remain silent about anything that may incriminate you. Do not offer any unnecessary information to the police. Only answer specific questions and be careful o the answers that you give. You do not need to tell him or her where you came from, whether you had any drinks that night or who you hung out with.

Stay Polite and Calm

It does not help your case to act uncooperatively or to disobey the police. While you may feel anger over the DUI stop, you can still practice being polite. Often, cops react more negatively to swearing, disobedience and disrespect. The cop may use your actions against you. While the whole situation may be jarring, keep your cool. Whether or not the officer arrests you, you should try to stay as calm as possible. Anything that you do, the cops can use against you in court. You can politely decline to answer any possibly incriminating questions.