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What to do and what not to do if you get pulled over

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2024 | DUI/DWI Defense

Getting pulled over by the police for a suspected DUI is a situation nobody wants to find themselves in. However, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports that officers issue up to 4,000 citations for impaired driving in any given month.

Even if you cannot avoid a stop, knowing what actions to take and what to avoid can make a big difference in the outcome.

Stay calm and provide your basic information

When the police stop you, remain calm. Turn off your car, and turn on the interior light if it is dark outside. Then, place your hands on the wheel where the officer can see them, which shows you are not a threat and are ready to cooperate.

The officer will ask for your license, registration and insurance. Offer these willingly, as this is a routine part of any traffic stop.

Know your rights, but do not argue with the officer

Beyond supplying your basic information and license, you have the right to remain silent. You do not have to answer questions about where you have been or if you have been drinking. You can politely state that you prefer not to answer those questions.

However, arguing with the officer or becoming aggressive will not help your situation. In general, follow their instructions and any requests that may not compromise your rights.

Additionally, do not assume you are free to go until the officer says so. Trying to leave too soon could come across as suspicious or disrespectful.

Record the details of the stop

Remembering the details of the traffic stop can be important, especially if you are going to fight the charges. Take note of the time, location and how the officer conducted the stop. You have the right to record the incident, so do not hesitate to use a device to do so.

Taking the right actions can benefit your case if the police pull you over for a DUI. If you have reason to believe you can reduce your charges or get them dropped, the preceding steps could provide elements that strengthen your defense.