Law enforcement agencies are upping the tempo in their vigilance against any road behavior that might be considered an indication that the driver is intoxicated. In such cases, pulling you over for a possible DUI is always a strong possibility.
Now, it is imperative that you understand the key to avoiding all these is by driving safely and in a safe vehicle, in order not to arouse suspicion that you are driving drunk. This means that if you have been weaving in and out of your lane, there is a strong likelihood you will be pulled over. If you have a broken taillight or even a non-functioning turning light or a broken side mirror, these can also warrant the law enforcement officer to pull you over. The point is, even if you had a drink and decided to drive, be conscious enough to still obey traffic rules and basic road courtesy. Make sure to operate a vehicle that is functioning properly, lest you invite suspicion.
If you are pulled over, nonetheless, here are some things you have to keep in mind.
Pull Over Slowly and Properly
The whole point about how to properly manage a potential DUI charge is for you not to act suspiciously. If you get pulled over and you made a sudden stop and rather erratically towards the bend, you might just have given the police officers reason to believe you are driving under the influence. As such it is important to pull over slowly and use your signal lights to indicate your compliance to the officer.
Remain in Your Car
It is imperative that you remain in your car with your hands on the steering wheel. Turn on the interior light if it is dark out and make sure to turn off the engine. Unless the law enforcement officer asks you to get out of your car, it is important to remain seated and calm.
If you have had one drink too many, this might be a little difficult to pull off. However, as a matter of rule, law enforcement officers pulled you over to determine whether there is probable cause for a DUI. That said, it is important not to act suspicious. Never do anything that may be interpreted by the law enforcement officer that you are trying to hide, dispose of, or destroy something. It is also wise to remember that there is a video recording device on the officer’s mobile so he can always review the video to build a case against you. Again, it is important to understand never to give law enforcement officer reason to arrest you.
Do not resist the police officer or even argue. It is imperative that you maintain a respectful tone of voice when communicating with the officer. Additionally, it is best to follow the officer’s instructions. Listen carefully and do what is told in a calm manner. Again, do not arouse suspicion.
Communicate Only What is Needed
Don’t make your case more difficult than it already is. It is important to understand that police officers are gathering as much evidence as they possibly can. So, provide answers only to basic questions. Never volunteer any information. Know that you have the Constitutional right not to incriminate yourself.
Think Carefully about Field Sobriety Tests
It should be understood that field sobriety tests, of which blood alcohol concentration testing is an example, is not mandatory unless you are 21 years old and younger. Understand that you have the right not to incriminate yourself as per the Fifth Amendment. However, it is also important to understand the implied consent laws present in your state. As a general rule, if you are heavily intoxicated, don’t take the test
Getting pulled over for a possible DUI is very stressful. Remaining calm and not attracting suspicion should allow the police officer to consider you not a threat to public safety.