What to do if the police suspect you of drunk driving

On Behalf of | Feb 17, 2023 | Criminal Defense

Did you know that more than 10,000 people die every year as a result of drinking and driving? In fact, every 45 minutes, someone dies in a drinking-and-driving accident.

A blood alcohol concentration rate of 0.08 or higher can result in a DUI charge, but more than alcohol can affect this number. Therefore, these are steps you should take if the police pull over because they suspect you of drinking and driving.

Do not admit anything

During encounters with police, your anxiety raises, which can cause you to talk more than you should. You can start admitting things that could incriminate you. However, you do not have to answer any questions the police ask you. Instead, decline to answer.

Decline a sobriety test

Field sobriety tests are voluntary. This means that you do not have to take them. Therefore, decline any field sobriety testing respectfully.

The officer will likely arrest you and take you to jail, and the police will again ask you to submit to chemical testing. Decline respectfully.

Write down your arrest details

As soon as you get ahold of a piece of paper and pencil or pen, write down every detail you remember about your encounter with the police and your subsequent arrest. Did the officer read you your Miranda rights, and where did the incident occur? Also, if you were drinking, when did you stop and what time did you get pulled over?

Do not drink and drive. It is the best way to avoid a DUI charge. Designate a sober driver or call a cab if you have been drinking.