What To Do If Pulled Over
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You are on your way home from a night out with friends when you see the
flashing lights in the rear view mirror. You are being pulled over on
suspicion of drunk driving. What should you do?
How you handle yourself in your encounter with police during this traffic
stop will have a huge impact on your future. Our
Riverside drunk driving defense attorneys of
Blumenthal Law Offices have provided the following information to help you protect yourself if
you are ever suspected of drunk driving.
If you’ve been stopped for drunk driving, remember these tips:
Do be polite. If you argue or are otherwise belligerent, the officer will make note
of it and your behavior can be used against you in court. Do not threaten,
touch, or resist the officer in any way.
Do give the officer your driver's license, registration, and proof
of insurance as requested.
Do take the Breathalyzer test. Refusing to take a breath test or blood test will result in a mandatory
one-year license suspension. You are better off taking the test.
Do not answer any questions. Politely refuse to answer the officer's questions about whether you
have had anything to drink, how much you drank, or what you have eaten
the past 24 hours. Your answers can be used against you in court. You
have the right to remain silent and to have an attorney with you during
Do not agree to perform field sobriety tests. Politely decline these tests so that the officer's report of your
performance cannot be used against you. These tests of your coordination
may include standing on one leg, reciting the alphabet backwards, walking
a straight line, etc. They are voluntary.
Do not consent to a search of your vehicle. If there is probable cause, the officer may search the vehicle without
a warrant. It is wise to make it clear that you did not agree to the search.
Do call an attorney as soon as possible. At Blumenthal Law Offices we are known for our aggressive
DUI defenses aimed at protecting your future and driving privileges.
- Do not speak to police without an attorney by your side.
Have an emergency? Call us 24/7 and you can speak with an attorney or staff