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What not to do when pulled over for DUI?

On Behalf of | May 28, 2024 | DUI/DWI

Being stopped by the police is rarely a pleasant experience. However, if you are in this situation, you want to ensure you don’t make it worse.

Here are some tips on what not to do when pulled over for DUI.

Stay calm and cooperative

When pulled over on suspicion of DUI, it’s crucial not to panic or become aggressive. Agitation or hostility can escalate the situation, leading to additional charges such as resisting arrest. Remain calm, keep your hands visible on the steering wheel and avoid making sudden movements. Politely comply with the officer’s requests for your license and registration.

Avoid incriminating statements

One common mistake is making unnecessary statements that could incriminate you. You must provide your basic identification information, but you are not obligated to answer questions about where you have been or whether you have been drinking and politely declined\ to answer such questions without legal counsel present. Remember, anything you say can be used against you in court.

Do not attempt to flee

Attempting to flee from a DUI stop is a critical error. Fleeing the scene can result in serious charges such as evading police or even assault, especially if the pursuit leads to an accident. This action significantly worsens your legal situation, adding severe penalties beyond those for a DUI offense.

Avoid confrontation

Finally, do not engage in any physical or verbal confrontation with the officer. This behavior will only add to your charges and complicate your legal proceedings. Treat the officer respectfully and follow their instructions closely to ensure the situation does not escalate.

When pulled over for a suspected DUI, it’s vital to handle the situation with as much composure and respect as possible. This approach can help mitigate potential consequences while protecting your rights.