What Happens During a DUI stop?
It can be very stressful to be pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, it is important to remember that you still have legal rights during a DUI stop, and much of what the officer will ask is completely voluntary on your part.
First, the police officer will probably ask you whether you have been drinking, or what you have been doing in the previous few hours. It is important to note that you do not have to volunteer any information. While it is in your best interests to be as polite as possible, you certainly do not want to divulge any information that makes your arrest more likely or hurts you later on.
The officer may also ask you to perform a series of field sobriety tests. Some common tests include balancing on one leg, walking in a straight line, and reciting the alphabet backwards. Although the officer is not likely to mention it, these tests are also entirely voluntary. If you have in fact been drinking, these tests will only increase your likelihood of being arrested. Also, now that most police cars have dashboard cameras, your performance may be filmed and used against you at your trial.
If the officer has a reasonable suspicion that you have in fact been driving under the influence, you will be arrested and transported to the police station or a hospital for a blood, breath, or urine test. It is important to ask for a lawyer at this point. In some states you can see a lawyer immediately, while other states make you wait until after you have taken (or refused to take) the chemical test. In either case, you want to consult with your attorney as soon as possible to help protect your rights and begin to prepare your defense.
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Last Modified: 05-29-2012 03:55 PM PDT
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