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Navigating a DUI stop in Florida

On Behalf of | May 1, 2023 | DUI/DWI Defense

A traffic stop for suspected driving under the influence in Florida can be an unnerving experience. Your actions during this critical encounter can significantly impact the outcome of your case.

This blog will discuss actions you should take, as well as those you should avoid, when the police pull you over for a suspected DUI in Florida.

Actions to take during a DUI stop

First and foremost, pull over safely and promptly when you see the police lights in your rearview mirror. Then, remain calm and polite towards the officer, maintaining a respectful demeanor at all times. You have a right to remain silent, and you should exercise this right to avoid saying anything that could incriminate you. If the officer asks you to step out of the vehicle, comply with this request.

Things to avoid during a DUI stop

It is crucial to avoid certain actions during a DUI stop. Do not make sudden movements or reach for anything without informing the officer of your intentions first. This can help prevent any misunderstandings about your actions. You should also avoid arguing with the officer or attempting to talk your way out of the situation. While you may feel the need to explain yourself, it is best to remain silent and avoid self-incrimination. Lastly, do not automatically consent to a field sobriety test. In Florida, you have the right to politely refuse these tests, which can often be subjective and difficult to pass.

Knowing what to do and what not to do when you the police pull you over for a suspected DUI in Florida can significantly impact the outcome of your case and can help you navigate this challenging situation more effectively.