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What to Do If You Are Pulled Over

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 glass of wine at dinner? 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 were driving under the influence of alcohol. Police car with lights on

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Avoiding a DUI Conviction

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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    I am Eric Larsen, founder of Larsen Law PLLC, and I have been around the criminal justice system my entire life. My father was a decorated homicide detective with the Michigan State Police. Some of his cases have been featured on the hit television shows, Forensic Files, Cold Case Files , and True Detectives . Following in his footsteps, I attended college at Michigan State University and obtained my degree in Criminal Justice. After college, I began a 12-year career with the Michigan Department ...
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