Seeing the red and blue lights in your rearview mirror can be stressful. Even if you don’t believe you have done anything wrong, you may instantly go into a state of panic.
If the police pull you over for suspected DUI, one of the best things you can do is to remain calm. Some other tips for handling this situation can be found here.
Don’t argue about the traffic stop
When you are pulled over, you may not agree with the reason the police give you. While it can be tempting to argue at this point, don’t. Arguing is only going to make the situation worse. Be polite during the entire situation.
Be careful what you say
The officer will likely ask you a series of questions. You have the right not to answer any questions that are asked that don’t pertain directly to the traffic stop. If you have been drinking, it is in your best interest to decline to discuss where you’ve been or what you’ve been doing.
If you do decide to answer questions, make sure you don’t volunteer information that is not asked or try to justify your actions. When the officer is questioning you, they are trying to figure out if their suspicion of DUI is correct, which is something to keep in mind.
Know your rights and limitations
The officer may request that you take a breath test or field sobriety test if they suspect drunk or intoxicated driving. You have the right to refuse field sobriety tests without penalty, but refusing a chemical breath test can lead to the loss of your license under “implied consent” rules.
Being pulled over for suspected DUI can be a stressful situation. However, if you use the tips above, you can manage the situation and do your best to get through it. If your stop results in an arrest, remember to avoid saying too much to continue protecting your rights until you can explore your defense options.