What to do During a DUI stop in California
Being pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence in California can be a scary experience. However, there are a few things you can do during the traffic stop which can help you in the event you are arrested.
First, do not volunteer any information to the police officer. While you are required to provide identification, insurance, and other documentation in California, you may decline to answer any questions without an attorney present.
Second, politely decline to take any field sobriety tests. These often include walking in a straight line and balancing on one leg. These tests are not required under California law, and will rarely help you. Also, decline to take any handheld breath test, as these are also not required by law.
If the officer believes that you are intoxicated, you will probably be arrested. It is generally in your best interests to then take a chemical test, usually a breath or blood test. If you refuse, your driver’s license will be suspended. Even though you have been arrested, California law does not require that you be allowed to consult with an attorney until after you have taken (or refused to take) a chemical test.
Finally, contact a lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced California attorney can advise you of your rights and responsibilities, prepare your defense, and contest any license suspension with the DMV.
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Last Modified: 07-29-2013 10:27 AM PDT
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