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The do’s and don’ts in a DUI traffic stop

On Behalf of | May 11, 2024 | DUI

Finding yourself in a DUI stop can be nerve-wracking, regardless of whether it is your first or third time seeing the flashing lights of a police car signaling you to pull over.

A drunk driving conviction can have a lasting effect on your life, which is why it is crucial to be aware of the do’s and don’ts during these scenarios.

Do’s

  • Pull over safely and promptly: Find the nearest safe spot to stop the vehicle, turn off your engine and keep your hands on the steering wheel.
  • Be polite: How you behave in this situation can significantly affect the outcome of the traffic stop. Keep a respectful and courteous attitude and answer the officer’s questions concisely. Reasonable cooperation and respect can dramatically reduce tension in such scenarios.
  • Exercise your right to remain silent: It is crucial to remember that you are under no obligation to provide details that could be used against you in court. If the officer starts asking incriminating questions, like your whereabouts earlier that day or whether you have been drinking, politely inform the officer that you choose to exercise your right to remain silent and would not be answering questions without a lawyer present.

Don’ts

  • Admit to drinking: Admitting to consuming alcohol can be incriminating, even if you believe you are not over the legal limit. An admission provides law enforcement with probable cause and shifts the encounter from a routine traffic stop to a DUI investigation. Furthermore, any admission of alcohol consumption can complicate your defense should the situation lead to charges.
  • Try to flee: Any attempts to evade a DUI stop significantly escalate the situation and can indicate a reckless disregard for public safety and the law. Be calm and collected and cooperate with the officer to effectively de-escalate the situation.

Managing a DUI traffic stop with composure and awareness can significantly help you protect your rights in such a scenario. Following these tips can help you handle the situation as efficiently as possible. If you face DUI charges, it is best to consult an attorney to provide guidance and build the robust defense strategy you need.