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Common mistakes to avoid at a DUI traffic stop

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2024 | Firm News |

Imagine driving home after a night out with friends and then suddenly seeing the flashing lights of a police car signaling you to pull over. Finding yourself in this scenario can be daunting as you try to remain calm and avoid any action that might provoke suspicion.  

During these moments, knowing what not to do or say is just as important as understanding your rights when you are pulled over for a suspected DUI. Here are the two common pitfalls that you must steer clear of during this situation.  

Refusing to stop

As soon as you notice the police officer’s signal for you to stop, your immediate response should be to comply calmly and safely. Any attempts to speed off can significantly escalate the situation. Moreover, refusal to stop can be seen as evading law enforcement, which is another serious offense.  

Once you have pulled over, it is crucial to remain calm and keep your hands on the steering wheel where the officer can see them.  

Giving too much information

Be mindful of your right to remain silent. Police officers may ask you questions related to your recent activities, particularly those that could be related to alcohol and substance use. Remember, being cooperative does not mean providing more information than necessary.  

Provide your identification documents and comply with lawful orders, but politely decline to answer incriminating questions without a lawyer present. Furthermore, do not overlook your right to seek legal representation. Reach out for legal guidance immediately, especially before making statements once you are in custody.  

A DUI stop is a delicate balance between cooperating with police and protecting your rights. It can be a nerve-wracking experience, but understanding your rights and knowing what mistakes to avoid can significantly help you make informed decisions and handle the situation in a legally savvy manner.