July 1, 2015

What Should You Do If Pulled Over for DUI? Quick guide!

  1. Pull over to a safe location immediately. Have your license, registration, and proof of insurance ready or easily accessible.
  2. Officer may ask you whether you had anything to drink. You have a right to remain silent! Politely tell the officer that you do not wish to answer any questions.  (Do not lie! Telling the officer you only had ONE beer will not help you! It will be used as an admission to drinking alcohol. Additionally, the prosecutor may tell the jury that you lied to the officer, if it turns out that you drank more.)
  3. Officer may ask you to perform field sobriety tests. These are 100% voluntary! You have a right to refuse! Remember this is not a pass/FAIL type of test. The officer will be writing notes on how you perform the tests. These notes will be later used against you in court. Do not submit to these tests
  4. Officer may give you a preliminary breath test. The results will be used against you. Again, this is also a voluntary test. The preliminary breath machines are often unreliable. You have a right to refuse!
  5. The officer will arrest you. You will than have to submit to a blood or chemical test. If you refuse to submit to one of these tests there will be anautomatic 1 year suspension of you license. 
  6. Officer may choose whether to take you to Jail, Detox, or a Hospital
  7. Once you are out of jail, call a criminal defense attorney immediately! (619) 357-6677

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