Being pulled over for a DUI can be extremely frightening and stressful, which makes it difficult to think clearly. In the absence of a clear mind, you may find yourself not knowing what to do, how to act, or what your rights are. In this blog, we explain what to do if you’re pulled over for a DUI.
Prepare the Necessary Information
As with any routine traffic stop, the officer will ask for your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance. You don’t want to cause any unnecessary delay by rummaging through your glove compartment – the moment you safely pull over, quickly reach over and collect what will be asked of you so it can be ready when the officer asks you for it.
Remember Your Rights
You have rights, it’s important that you use them. Other than answering “yes” or “no” to the officer’s basic questions, you don’t need to tell the officer whether you’ve been drinking and how much you’ve had to drink. During a traffic stop, you are simply detained, which is different than being in custody. While you are not free to go, you are also not under any arrest, which means you can decline engaging in any further conversation with the officer.
Say No to Field Sobriety Tests
This is perhaps the most important thing to remember if you’re pulled over for a DUI. You have no obligation to undergo a field sobriety test. In fact, you should refuse it. These tests are designed to prove guilt, not innocence. If arrested, however, you’ll be required to take a BAC test under Colorado’s Expressed Consent Law.
After a DUI arrest, you may feel as though your future and liberties are hanging in the balance. You should not hesitate to retain representation from the Law Office of Joseph A. Lazzara, P.C. As an experienced Denver DUI defense lawyer, I have a deep understanding of the criminal justice system and can help safeguard your future.
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