Driving while under the influence is a serious offense that carries hefty consequences. In fact, being charged with a DUI can result in a driver not only to have to pay a large fine, but also to serve time behind bars. DUI offenses can change the lives of the driver and his or her family.
We often see or hear of the driver being interrogated after being pulled over and basically being forced into admitting guilt of a DUI. It is important that a driver who has been pulled over for a DUI know his rights and react in a way that will benefit his case.
Your Attitude Matters
When being pulled over, a driver should not give the police officers any reason to accuse him of a DUI offense. He should stay calm and keep his composure. This will help keep the situation calm and in the favor of the driver.
Four things to keep in mind in order to keep your composure are:
- Stay calm. No matter how frustrating the situation can be, the driver must remain composed through the ordeal. Try to not seem nervous, which can draw further scrutiny from the police officer.
- Put it out, spit it out. Two things that police often look for when pulling over an individual for a possible DUI is smoking or chewing gum. Before the officer approaches the vehicle, put out the cigarette if smoking or spit out the gum if chewing it.
- Don’t over speak. Keep quiet until necessary. Use the old rule, “Speak only when spoken to.” Anything that is said may be used against the driver. You are not obligated to answer questions—other than to identify yourself—without an attorney present.
- Be polite. When the officer asks for identification and registration, be polite and hand the items to the officer.
If you have been accused of a DUI, it is vital to seek the advice of an experienced attorney. Fill out the contact form on this page to discover how we can help you in your case.