What to Know About a DUI Pull Over and Arrest
People often have misconceptions about what happens when you’re pulled over for a DUI. Those who are placed in handcuffs and taken to a police station may worry about what the consequences will be, and how they will get through this stressful time. By following these steps and advice provided below, you can help safeguard both yourself and your future.
Be Calm, Polite, and Quiet
Do not go into an outrage when the officer says you are under arrest. In the moment, it’s going to feel like you are automatically guilty, but remember that you are assumed innocent until proven otherwise. Be polite with the officer, as law enforcement can use more force if you resist.
Perhaps most importantly, do not attempt to talk your way out of the arrest. Anything you say to the officer on the ride to the station and after your arrival can be used against you. This includes answers to questions you provide to police during an interrogation.
Be Wary of Field Sobriety Tests
The officer may ask you to get out of your vehicle and take a field sobriety test. These are voluntary, and focus on your ability to balance. If you do not have a sturdy balance to begin with, it may be interpreted as you are under the influence of alcohol. When meeting with your lawyer, be sure to inform him or her about any medical conditions that could have affected your balance at the time.
Do Not Admit or Accept Guilt
You have to tell the officer what your name is, provide a driver’s license, and show your registration. But, you do not have to answer incriminating questions that can be used against you. For example, if the officer asks how many drinks you’ve had that night, you do not have to answer.
A drunk driving lawyer, like one from Rispoli & Borneo, P.C., would probably attest to the fact that most police officers are only focused on making an arrest, and may not consider other factors when determining whether to arrest someone for a DUI.