The Proper Response When Being Pulled Over For DUI
If you’ve been pulled over for DUI, you know exactly how stressful and scary it is when you see those flashing lights behind you. When you see the police approaching your vehicle it can be easy to panic, completely losing your wits. This overwhelming experience may result in less than clear thinking. This may lead to you reacting without thinking, especially if you are unfamiliar with your rights and how to react to the situation. If you find yourself being pulled over for DUI, stay calm and remember the following tips of how to respond appropriately.
Be Ready When the Officer Gets to Your Vehicle
Anytime you are pulled over (no matter the reason) you will need to provide a valid driver’s license, insurance card, and registration card to the officer. Always be prepared ahead of time to avoid making the officer wait while you attempt to locate these important documents. As soon as you become aware that you are being pulled over, find somewhere safe to get off the road. Once you are fully stopped, quickly locate these three documents, so they are ready for the officer as soon as he or she approaches your vehicle.
Be Aware of Your Rights
Don’t make the fatal mistake of giving more information than is necessary. You absolutely don’t want to inadvertently incriminate yourself by anxiously providing information. You have the right to remain silent and you should do so, unless asked a basic question by the officer. Simply respond yes or no to these questions and be sure to avoid providing any further information. Always remember it is your legal right to abstain from answering questions. Be sure to avoid admitting if and how much you drank to the police officer who stopped you. Since, traffic stops do not place you in police custody but merely detainment, you do not have to speak to or provide any additional information to the officer.
Never Agree to A Field Sobriety Test
No matter what NEVER say yes to taking a field sobriety test. This is a crucially important thing to remember if you find yourself pulled over for DUI. Field sobriety tests are made for the explicit purpose of revealing your guilt. You are under no legal compulsion to take one and have the right to outright refuse if an officer suggests it. These tests do not always prove guilt as some people may function nearly normal under the influence while others may be clumsy and appear drunk when they aren’t. Avoid entangling yourself in a mess by saying no. If the officer has enough probable cause to arrest you, Colorado’s expressed consent law will legally require you to submit to a blood alcohol test anyhow, making a field sobriety test unnecessary.
Seek Legal Counsel
If you have been arrested for DUI the next step is contacting a skilled DUI attorney. Colorado DUI charges are quite serious and carry with them weighty consequences. Protect your good name and future with the expertise of an attorney trained to fight for you!