What to do if you are pulled over for a DUI

Did you know that someone dies in an accident involving alcohol every 45 minutes? In fact, in 2020, 11,654 people died in a drunk driving accident.

Encounters with police can increase your anxiety, especially if the police suspect you of a crime, such as a DUI. These are tips to help you if the police pull you over for a DUI.

Know your rights

Before you get behind the wheel, you should know your rights as a citizen. First, you have the right to avoid incriminating yourself by refusing to answer police questions. In addition, you can refuse field sobriety tests.

Act respectfully

First, pull over in an area that is not only safe for you but is also safe for the police who will walk along the road. Communicate politely with the officers. When you decline to answer questions, do so with respect. Have your license, insurance and registration ready when the police reach your car door or soon after. Use “sir” or “ma’am” when you address the officers. Do not argue or act in a combative manner.

Do not incriminate yourself

The police will ask you questions. Their job is to get you to incriminate yourself. Also, do not volunteer any information. It can be easy to get flustered and talk constantly or ramble when you are anxious, so pay attention to what you say. It is best if you say nothing.

Decline field sobriety tests

You will likely have to take a blood alcohol test at the police station, but you can refuse to take field sobriety and breathalyzer tests when the police pull you over.

Your best defense against a DUI is not driving if you have had anything to drink. Designate a driver or call an Uber instead.