Getting pulled over for a DUI can be extremely terrifying. You may not know what to do or how to act. It may be impossible to think clearly, especially if you are intoxicated. If you are ever pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving, there are some things you should avoid doing that could otherwise be used against you later on.
Things Not To Do When Pulled Over During a DUI Stop
While hiring a drunk driving lawyer is helpful, they will not be present while you are being pulled over. It is what you do during that time that is extremely important. If you ever get pulled over for a DUI, here are some things you should avoid doing.
Avoid Getting Out of Your Car
No matter what you are pulled over for, you should never get out of your car. This same rule applies to being pulled over for a suspected DUI. Unless the police officer gives you permission, avoid stepping outside your vehicle. It is easy for police officers to assume that their safety is in jeopardy if you suddenly get out of your car. This could make the situation worse.
Giving Away too Much Information
If you are ever pulled over for a DUI, the only information you are legally required to show is proof of insurance and your driver’s license. Remember, you don’t have to answer any additional questions. Doing so can be used against you later. It is in your best favor to say very little.
Giving in to a Field Sobriety Test
If you are stopped for suspicion of drunk driving, the police officer may ask you to submit to a field sobriety test. These tests are performed to measure your balance and test your cognitive impairment. The police officer may even ask you to perform the alphabet test. But, these tests are only of good use if they are consistently conducted. But, the bad news is that they are not. If you are tired, or even nervous perhaps, you can easily fail the test.
In states such as New Jersey, you are not legally required to take a field sobriety test. You can decline if asked.
Reject a Breath Test
Even though you are not legally required to take a field sobriety test, you are legally required to take a breath test if asked. For example, in the state of New Jersey, direct consent is not needed for breath tests. If you refuse to take a breath test, additional charges can be brought against you.
Failing To Ask for a Lawyer
It is your legal right and duty to request to speak to a lawyer if criminal charges are brought up against you. The bad news is that many people who have been pulled over for DUIs do not know this. Before you give any information to the officers, you can request a lawyer.
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