A guide on What to do When Stopped for DUI.
As dangerous as it is many people still drink alcohol above the regulated limit and still decide to drive themselves home. DUI is a serious offense and if a cop car sires and indicates that you pull over to the side, below is a guide on what you are supposed to do.
Pulling over to the side of the road on a calm and safe manner is the first thing you ought to do when a police officer signals you to do so. Once the car comes to a complete halt, switch off the engine and keep both hands on the wheel. Remember that the cop has pulled you over for a reason as he or she has been observing your drive and every move you make goes into record when they fill the paperwork. Keep calm and don’t make any movements or show frustration as this will make the cop nervous. The cop should be the one to approach you and for this reason, stay in your car and simply lower your window.
Remaining polite and respectful to the police officer is the second thing you ought to do. Lack of cooperation, rudeness, using harsh language and a show of anger may change the situation and immediately get you arrested. Speaking too much may lead to the cop being suspicious of the state of judgement and to avoid this speak when you are spoken to. Don’t try to act out or being too friendly to the cop as this only justifies you not being in the right state of mind.
The third thing you ought to do is avoid incriminating yourself. Cops may use to their advantage that you are nervous and use this to incriminate yourself. You are only required to give the cop your name, your license and registration. You are within your rights to respectfully decline answering any other question asked by the officer. You do have the right to remain silent and you may decline giving the police officer information on the number of drinks you have had.
The police officer may take you through the field sobriety test to assess if you are drunk and you can n refuse to take it as it may prove you are drunk. Declining to perform the test prompts an arrest and you are taken to the police station. Comply with the arrest as resisting will add to the offenses committed.
After arriving at the station, request to speak to your lawyer after being booked. An arrest for DUI is not a criminal offense and you will only be charged in court. In order to avoid doing time, paying hefty fines or being behind bars, avoid DUI.