The best way to avoid DUI charges is, of course, to avoid drinking before driving in the first place. But people make mistakes sometimes, and there's a chance you might one day find yourself behind the wheel of a car, getting pulled over after leaving the local bar. If you ever find yourself in this situation, here are some tips to keep in mind during a DUI stop.
Don't Be Your Own Worst Enemy
Let's get something clear off the bat: we are not suggesting you lie to the police. At the same time though, you need to understand that you are not obligated to just start spilling the beans. If you are asked if you were drinking, you can say yes, but you don't need to go into specific detail. Any information you give, like saying you had 3, or 5 or 10 beers can be used against you in court after your arrest. You should also be sure to comply with all instructions and keep your cool. You don't want additional charges for resisting arrest if it comes to that.
You Can Refuse Roadside Tests
While you should generally be polite and comply when a police officer tells you to do something, you also need to know that you are not legally obligated to take a roadside test. You can refuse the Breathalyzer or tell the officer that you have a bad knee or other health condition that might make a balance test less than accurate.
You should also understand before going this route, however, that many states will automatically suspend your driver's license if you refuse a roadside DUI test. That might be a better option though if it helps you avoid DUI charges and jail time.
You Need to Hire an Attorney ASAP
If it becomes clear that you are being arrested for DUI or being taken to the station on suspicion of DUI, you need to make it clear that you want to contact a DUI attorney as soon as possible. Again, don't argue with the officer but politely refuse all further tests including a blood test until you have the ability to talk to your attorney.
Getting pulled over on suspicion of DUI doesn't usually end well for the driver. You may be able to give your case a fighting chance though if you keep your answers limited or do what you can to avoid providing information that could lead to your arrest. If you were recently pulled over for DUI, contact a local DUI lawyer today.