What to do when pulled over for DUI

If you were drinking and driving  and subsequently stopped by a police officer, you are immediately suspected of DUI or driving under the influence even if you’re not intoxicated. First and foremost, you need to remain calm. As difficult as this can be, it’s important. Staying calm will help you be more aware of what you need to do. You must act courteous and polite. Refer to the Police Officer as “sir,” “ma’am,” or “officer.” Keep in mind the Officer is under stress every time they pull a car over, even your’s. Police officers have a dangerous job and approaching an unfamiliar car is no different.

Secondly, have all of your driving information prepared and ready to hand over; that is your driver’s license, registration, and insurance. Having your info handy ahead of time will benefit you in this situation. When pulled over you’re likely to get nervous and possibly shaky. Fumbling papers looks bad. Keep your information in a folder or envelope located in your glove box or center console. Your driver’s license should be easily accessed in your purse or wallet. Having your information in order will lessen the chance of officers thinking you are inebriated. 

After you give your papers to the officer remain calm. You should not talk any more than you have to. The more you speak, the bigger the chance you slur one of your words. Anything you say truly can be used against you. Even everyday chit-chat if it provides evidence against you. You will more than likely get the typical question – “Do you know why I pulled you over?” Your answer should almost always be “no”. This is a trick question designed to get you to admit that you ran a red light, speeding or any number of the infractions you can be pulled over for. More than likely you will have the officer’s flashlight pointed in your face, as well as his car spotlight pointed into your mirror blinding you from another angle. The lights are part of an old interrogation tactic. Reason for it – people are less likely to do something out of line when they can’t see and it helps the officer maintain control. With the lights blinding you the officer can now come within the distance necessary to smell your breath and look within your car without fear of you pulling a gun.

“Have you been drinking?” If you say yes, prepare for the full roadside DUI Test. If you lie, and say no, additional charges may be brought against you, and if you show signs of being intoxicated you will more than likely have the full roadside DUI test anyway. Rather than saying no, you should answer, “I’d rather not say.” If the officer asks you to breath or blow in his or her face, simply say “no, sir/ma’am.” If the officer asks how much have you had to drink, reply with “I’d rather not say.” Do not say “I’m not sure” or “I forgot.” This only implies to the officer that you are too intoxicated to remember. 

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