DUI Stops in Florida
If you are pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence in Florida, you will probably feel a bit hopeless. However, there are steps you can take during the traffic stop to protect yourself later on.
First, you do not want to divulge any information that may incriminate yourself. You are required to provide general information about yourself to the police officer, but you do not need to discuss your activities that day. Your answers can not only get you arrested, but can be used against you in court. Your best option is to politely tell the officer that you will not answer any questions until you have had the opportunity to consult with an attorney.
Next, the officer may ask you to perform a series of field sobriety tests. These can include balancing on one leg and reciting the alphabet backwards. However, it is important to note that the state of Florida considers these tests to be completely voluntary. 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 breath test. While Florida law considers this to also be a voluntary test, refusing to take it can lead to the suspension of your driver’s license for at least one year.
Finally, 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.
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Last Modified: 05-31-2012 02:05 PM PDT
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