When the Police Pull You Over for a DUI

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Even before you call a DUI lawyer, you should be aware of your legal rights if a law enforcement officer pulls you over. In an effort to avoid getting into trouble, many motorists will make an effort to comply, even when they are not legally obligated to do so and it self-incriminates them. In this way, completely innocent people can be ensnared by the police and unfairly punished. To help prevent this, understand your basic rights and keep the phone number of our DUI lawyer in your wallet. If you were already arrested for a DUI, call an attorney now.

You Have the Right to Remain Silent

This is even truer than most people realize, as our DUI lawyer has seen firsthand many times. In fact, did you know that other than providing your legally recognized name and driver’s license, you do not have to offer the police officer any additional information? One of the ways in which a person can into trouble with is by providing more information than required. Nervousness can cause even an innocent individual to “ramble” and self-incriminate by saying things they should not, and are not obligated to share. When asked questions other than your name and providing the officer with your legal identification, be polite when denying to answer their question(s). Calmly and respectfully inform them that you wish to contact your DUI lawyer. After you have met with your DUI lawyer or spoken with them on the phone, follow their legal advice insofar as answering any questions from law enforcement. Also, keep in mind that it is wise to not speak about your case with anyone else who is incarcerated with you as they can repeat what you said to the police. In fact, they may offer to tell the police in exchange for leniency regarding their own case.

Do Not Consent

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees every citizen protection from unlawful search and seizure. What does this mean in plain English? It means that if a law enforcement officer asks permission to search your vehicle, you tell them that you do not consent. Unless they have “just cause” they do not have the right to search your vehicle. However, if you were swerving while driving for no apparent reason, the officer would have a reasonable suspicious that you were DUI. They could lawfully pull you over for that, and if in speaking with you they see an open container of alcohol in your vehicle, that would give them just cause to search it. Regardless, be polite and respectful so that they do not have cause to charge you with interfering in their “investigation” or for resisting arrest. Focus on staying calm and know that you will soon be able to speak with a drunk driving attorney Bloomington, IL offers who can provide you with the guidance you need.

Thank you to our friends and contributors at Pioletti & Pioletti for their insight into criminal defense and what to do when pulled over for a DUI.