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What You Should Do & Not Do When Pulled Over for DUI

This is a Guest Post from the Bloomfield Law Group.

The sight of flashing lights of a police patrol car behind you is quite alarming and confusing the moment you discover you are being pulled over for a traffic violation on the road. What you do and what you don’t do after you’re pulled over is important. You may avoid a conviction and beat a DUI if you are smart enough to remember these things when the officer begins a DUI investigation.

What TO Do

The first thing to do is to look for a safe place to pull over. This is a good way to show good judgment and how you will likely negotiate your DUI stop. Maintain your composure as you find a safe place. Pull over as soon as you can, but it should be done in a safe place.

Be polite and respectful to the officer. Police officers hate to hear rants such as the fact that you pay their salary, so don’t utter any word that may make them mad. Remember that a mad officer is likely to make a more damaging DUI report than one that is not mad. You should also remember that the DUI arrest may be on camera, so be careful with what you say to the officer.

What NOT To Do

Aside from not saying any word that may fire up the officer, it is important that you don’t make any admissions. Police officers naturally make statements that may trap you to bait. Remember that any word you say will be used against you later. Don’t talk too much. Less conversation may also save you from further tests and investigation.

One important thing you should not do is to submit yourself to any field sobriety tests or breathe analyzers. Police officers may ask you to a “voluntary” testing, and the safest answer to this request is a polite “no”. Field sobriety or breathe/alcohol tests are not perfect. They are made to obtain evidence of your guilt, not of your innocence. What you should do is to tell the officer politely that you don’t consent to any tests and that your lawyer during any questioning.

If the officer asks for your permission to search your vehicle, say “no”. Many people just say yes out of fear of upsetting the officer. This is a common mistake people make that they regret later when the officer finds evidence that leads to a bigger criminal offense.

This is a guest post written by Bloomfield Hills criminal lawyer of Bloomfield Law Group.  Bloomfield Law Group handles criminal defense, bankruptcy, and family law cases in Bloomfield Hills and Detroit metro area, Wayne County, Oakland County, and Macomb County, Michigan.

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