Getting pulled over by the police is almost always nerve wracking, even if you've done nothing wrong. But, what if you've had a beer at dinner, or a glass of wine? Even if you feel fine, you may become nervous. You may stumble through a field sobriety test and arouse the officer's suspicion that you've been driving under the influence of alcohol.

The easiest way to avoid a DUI charge is, of course, not to drink and drive at all. But the law doesn't penalize all drinking and driving, and if you're under the legal BAC limit, you're fine. But it can be difficult for everyday people to know where exactly that limit is. So what should you do if you're pulled over on suspicion of DUI?

As a preliminary note: every police stop is different, and circumstances are rarely the same. The below is meant to serve as a general guide, not legal advice. Don't drink and drive.

How To React

As with any interaction with a law enforcement officer, remember to be respectful and compliant. Pull over in a safe spot, then have your driver's license, registration and insurance information handy, and keep your hands on the steering wheel.

Cooperation with law enforcement is key. However, you should be mindful of how much you divulge, and what constitutes an unreasonable request on the part of the police officer.

Typically, the officer will ask that you perform a field sobriety test and blow into a Breathalyzer. Tennessee is an "implied consent" state, meaning police can test your blood, urine or breath if you're driving on Tennessee roads. However, you can still refuse to do so. A refusal will result in losing your license for a year.

Always remember that you have the right to remain silent. You do not have to admit any information to the police.

Contact An Attorney

After a DUI stop, contacting a lawyer — or calling someone who can help you get legal representation — is key. You shouldn't be facing these charges alone.

I am Eric Larsen, and for years I've been providing clients in Franklin and the surrounding Tennessee counties with strong DUI defense. Contact me online or call 615-656-8179 to arrange a free consultation.