What to do when you are pulled over for a DUI

THE GUARANTEED WAY TO AVOID A DUI CONVICTION EVERY TIME IS TO NEVER, EVER DRINK AND DRIVE. CALL A CAB. EVEN A STRETCH LIMO IS FAR CHEAPER THAN A DUI CONVICTION.

  • Use your turn signal and slowly and carefully pull over to the side of the road.
     
  • Stay in the car, keep your hands on the wheel, and calmly wait for the police officer to approach your motor vehicle. Do not attempt to leave your car and do not shuffle around in the glove compartment looking for credentials.
     
  • Act politely towards the police. Do not act as though you have anything to hide or that you have done anything wrong. Give a courteous greeting when you open the window to speak to the police and follow their directions.
     
  • When you are asked, produce your driver's license, registration and insurance card. Stay calm and remember that the police are watching to see how you perform the maneuvers involved in getting these credentials.
     
  • You have the right to invoke the Fifth Amendment, which means you have the right to refrain from answering any and all questions that the police officer asks you. If the police officer asks you if you have been drinking or if you had anything to drink or asks if you think you are drunk or not, simply tell the police officer that you are claiming your Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate yourself. Do not discuss where you were, what you did, who you were with, or whether you were drinking at all.
     
  • If the police officer asks you whether you will take a chemical test, which is a device used to determine your blood alcohol contents, be advised that in Ohio you do not have the right to refuse a chemical test. If you refuse to take the test, your license will be automatically suspended for a minimum of 12 months even if you are not under the influence of alcohol! Do not refuse to take the test.
     
  • Do not believe that by being candid with the police officer and telling him that you had one or two beers is going to be of help to you. When you are asked anything about drinking, politely decline to answer any questions concerning drinking or where you were or who you were with. Do not argue with the police officer, but instead comply with whatever he says.
     
  • Do not get out of your car unless you are asked to. Make sure that you don't stumble or trip when you get out. Use your turn signal and slowly and carefully pull over to the side of the road.
     
  • Refuse to take any field sobriety tests, you are not required to complete any of these tests. The test I am referring to are the ones where they ask you to walk heel to toe or put your finger to your nose or close your eyes and put your head back. These tests are not designated to help you and you can refuse to take them. You can fail these tests even if you are not under the influence of alcohol because of the time of day, poor balance, a medical condition or poor vision. Do not take the test. Always politely decline to take the test.
     
  • If you have been arrested for a DWI/DUI it is very important to choose a lawyer who is competent and aggressive with skill & experience. Call your best legal team at (440) 409-0300.
Tags: