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What to do at a DUI traffic stop

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

Encountering a DUI traffic stop can be a daunting experience, but being well-informed and prepared can make a significant difference.

Knowing what to do can help ensure your safety and protect your rights.

Comply with officer instructions

Approximately 13,380 people died in traffic accidents that involved alcohol in 2021. Because of the high risk of danger, police officers take drunk driving very seriously. If you get pulled over, you need to remain calm and follow the instructions given by the law enforcement officer. Roll down your window, turn off the engine and keep your hands visible on the steering wheel. This initial cooperation sets a positive tone for your interaction.

Provide required documentation

When requested, present your driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance promptly. Keep these documents easily accessible in your vehicle to avoid fumbling through your belongings during the stop.

Refrain from incriminating statements

Exercise your right to remain silent. Avoid volunteering information that the officer could use against you. You may politely decline to answer questions about whether you have consumed alcohol. Remember, you do not have to provide self-incriminating details.

Decline field sobriety tests

You can decline field sobriety tests but do so respectfully. Politely express that you choose not to participate. These tests can be subjective, and declining them may be in your best interest. However, you may face consequences.

Submit to chemical testing if required

In many jurisdictions, implied consent laws may require you to complete chemical testing if an officer suspects intoxication. Refusing such tests may result in legal consequences, such as license suspension. Comply with these requests respectfully.

By designating a driver prior to consumption or calling for a ride, you can avoid the negative consequences of drinking and driving.