If I’m Stopped for DUI, What Should I Do?
Protecting Your Rights When Dealing with Nashville Law Enforcement
Getting pulled over by the police is almost always nerve wracking, even if you didn’t do anything wrong. But what if you had a beer or a glass of wine at dinner? Even if you feel fine, you may become nervous. Our experienced DUI defense lawyers at Larsen Law PLLC know the best methods for defending clients, but how you handle the traffic stop can make a difference to your defense.
First and foremost, be polite and respectful at all times. Pull over in a safe location. Remain seated and leave your seatbelt on. Have your license, registration, and proof of insurance ready to hand over to the officer. If the officer who pulls you over believes you are under the influence, he will likely ask you to perform some field sobriety tests. The law does not require you to take field sobriety tests, and you should politely refuse to take them. Politely decline to answer any questions that would incriminate you and politely decline consent for officer to search your car. Make a mental note of all police statements and actions.
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The easiest way to avoid a DUI charge is, of course, not to drink and drive at all. However, the law doesn't penalize all drinking and driving, and if you're under the legal BAC limit, you're fine. For most people, though, knowing exactly where that limit is can be difficult. So, what should you do if you're pulled over on suspicion of DUI? Here, we offer some tips to help you protect yourself. It is important to note that every police stop is different. 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; have your driver's license, registration, and insurance information handy; and keep your hands on the steering wheel.
While cooperation with law enforcement is key, 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, though it 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.
After a DUI stop, contacting a lawyer—or calling someone who can help you get legal representation—is important. You shouldn't face these charges alone.
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