Felony DUI

How To Handle Getting Pulled Over On Suspicion of DUI

(Last Updated On: October 23, 2018)

If you are pulled over and the police office suspects that you have been drinking, you will more than likely be asked to answer a few questions and perform a field sobriety test. Anything you say or do can and will likely be used against you by the officer, so it’s important to know how to act and what to say to avoid anything getting you in trouble in trial.

Here are some things that police officers will often say or do when they pull someone over on suspicion of DUI, and some advice from the Tucson DUI attorneys on how you should respond if you are ever the one being pulled over:

“Show Me Your Driver’s License”
Even in regular traffic stops, this is one of the first things an officer will say to you. By law, you must show the officer your driver’s license if you are the one operating the vehicle. If you refuse, you could be placed under arrest for driving without a license. In some cases, the officer may try and keep your license and then let you go. If this happens, do not attempt to drive away in the vehicle. Call someone to come pick you up so you really aren’t ticketed for driving without a license, and immediately contact an attorney at Thrush Law Group to consult with them about the situation.

“Do You Know Why I Pulled You Over?”
The best and only answer you should provide for this question is, “No.” Any other answer is admitting guilt, even if your answer is “speeding” and you know for a fact you were not speeding.

“Have You Been Drinking?”
There is really no 100% right answer to this question. If you admit to drinking, the officer now has probable cause to give you a breathalyzer test or perform a field sobriety test. If you say you have not been drinking, but the officer smells alcohol, your denial could be used against you at a later time. Instead, ask the officer “am I free to go?” and if they say no, ask, “am I under arrest?” Give the officer no statements or corroboration that could later be used against you.

If you have been arrested on suspicion of DUI in Arizona, you should contact a DUI attorney as soon as possible. The DUI attorneys at Thrush Law Group will make sure your legal rights are protected and help you determine the best way to approach your case and get the best results. Visit http://www.azduilaw.com/ for more information and a free case evaluation.

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