DUI Stops in Florida
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DUI Stops in Florida
Being pulled over by the police is always intimidating. However, knowing the law can help ease some of the anxiety. If you were pulled over in Florida, you can take the following steps during the traffic stop to protect yourself.
1. Do Not Incriminate Yourself
First, you do not want to divulge any information that may incriminate yourself. Although you are required to provide general information about yourself to the police officer, you do not need to discuss your activities that you engaged in. Your answers can get you arrested, and can be used against you later in a court of law. Your best approach is to politely tell the officer that you will not answer any questions until you have had the opportunity to consult with an attorney.
For example, when you are pulled over by a police officer in Florida, you are required to tell the officer your name. However, you do not need to tell the officer where you are coming from.
2. Sobriety Tests Are Voluntary
Next, the officer may ask you to perform a series of field sobriety tests. These may include balancing on one leg and reciting the alphabet backwards. However, Florida law states that sobriety tests are completely voluntary. Thus, you can refuse to take a sobriety test without fearing any consequences. Further, it is generally not in your best interests to agree to perform them, as they will rarely help you.
If the officer does decide to arrest you for driving under the influence, you will be asked to take a Breathalyzer test. While Florida law considers it to be a voluntary test, refusing to take it can lead to the suspension of your driver’s license for at least one year.
3. Consulting an Attorney
Make sure you contact a lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced Florida attorney can advise your best course of action and begin to prepare your defense. He can also advise you what to do during your arrest and can speak on your behalf.
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Last Modified: 03-07-2014 10:25 AM PST
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