Alcohol-related arrests happen to people from all walks of life. Teachers,
doctors, scientists, college students and even stay at home moms get arrested
for DUI every single day. So, if you are ever pulled over by the police,
what you say and do can either help or hurt you. When it’s time
to pull over, here are some things that you need to remember.
Pull Over Carefully
Slow your vehicle down and pull off to the right side of the road, but
not until it is safe to do so. Don’t forget to use your turn signal
to show the officer your intentions.
Stay in Your Vehicle
Turn off your engine, and keep your hands on the steering wheel. Remain
inside your vehicle unless the officer asks you to step outside. If the
police see you bending over or reaching for something, they may suspect
that you are reaching for a weapon.
Don’t Act Like You are Hiding Something
You don’t want to look suspicious. Don’t do anything that
could make you look like you are trying to dispose or hide something.
If you reach under your seat, this may look as if you are hiding something
such as a weapon or
drugs under the seat. This could be enough for the officer to ask you to get
out of your car, and search your vehicle.
Be Polite and Respectful
These days, a lot more officers are wearing body cameras, which could
be used as evidence against you in court. Listen to the officer and politely
follow his or her instructions. Since the officer is in charge, you cannot
drive off until the officer tells you that it is okay.
Choose Your Words Wisely
Even if you have been drinking, we suggest that you answer the officer’s
questions, but don’t argue and don’t volunteer anything. It’s
better to save your arguments for the courtroom and make sure that your
passengers do the same.
Answer Drinking Questions Carefully
Police officers often ask drivers how much they have been drinking. You
might say, “just a glass of wine at dinner,” or you may say
that you had two drinks when you really had four. This is a mistake! It
is better to remain silent or say that you cannot recall exactly how much
you had to drink. Otherwise, your “underestimations” could
haunt you during the trial.
Don’t Volunteer to Perform Field Sobriety Tests
While there is a penalty for refusing to submit to a chemical test (
breath, blood or urine test), in many states there is no penalty for refusing to submit to the field
sobriety tests including the “walk and turn” or “one
If you are asked to take the
field sobriety tests, ask if it is voluntary. If it is, we suggest that you politely refuse
to take it. Since these tests are recorded on the officer’s dash
cam, any evidence acquired from the tests would be used against you in
court. It’s just not worth contributing to the evidence against you.
Facing DUI charges? Contact an
Orange County DUI lawyer
from the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc.!