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How should you react after getting pulled over?

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2024 | Blog, Drunk Driving

Being pulled over by law enforcement under suspicion of driving under the influence, also known as a DUI, can be a nerve-wracking experience. Knowing how to respond calmly in such a situation is important.

It is helpful to understand the steps you should take if you find yourself in this predicament.

Remain calm and cooperative

Upon seeing the flashing lights in your rearview mirror in any scenario, pull over to an open spot as soon as it is safe to do so. Keep your hands visible on the steering wheel and avoid making any sudden movements. Stay calm and composed when interacting with the officer, and be respectful at all times.

Provide information

When asked, provide the officer with your driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. It is important to comply with their requests promptly and courteously. Avoid reaching for items unless instructed to do so, as sudden movements may raise suspicion.

Exercise your right to silence

You have the right to remain silent, and law officers can use anything you say against you in court. If the officer asks whether you have been drinking, you can politely decline to answer. However, do so respectfully and without aggression.

Refusing to answer questions does not imply anything negative about you. It is a legal right intended to protect your interests.

Think seriously about field sobriety tests

Field sobriety tests, such as walking in a straight line or standing on one leg, are voluntary. While you may feel pressured to comply, it is within your rights to decline these tests. If you do not want to take these tests, politely inform the officer that you prefer not to participate.

By remaining aware of your rights, you can handle a DUI stop with greater confidence and clarity. Remember, making responsible choices during a traffic stop may have an impact on the outcome of your case.

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