Fresno DUI Attorney: What to Do When Pulled Over for DUI
May 24, 2017
It's late at night, and you're driving home from a dinner party. The event was a smashing success. You may or may not have downed a few glasses of wine as you enjoyed the post-meal conversation.
All of a sudden, you see headlights growing larger in your rear-view mirror, followed by bright, swirling blue lights. The wail of a siren follows, and your heart jumps into your chest.
Your actions over the next 10 to 20 minutes are critical. They can determine if you get arrested for DUI or not. If you do get charged, the way you conducted yourself during the stop can influence the outcome of your case.
Here's what to do when pulled over for DUI:
Respond immediately. Activate your turn signal right away, and then pull over the minute you see a safe location to do so. A delayed response creates suspicion in the officer. They'll wonder: why is this person not pulling over? Are they trying to stash their booze or drugs out of sight? Are they popping gum or breath mints to mask the smell of alcohol (which, by the way, doesn't work)? Show the officer you're alert and aware by pulling over right away.
Have your documents ready. You know that anytime you get pulled over, the officer will ask for three things: your license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. Fumbling around looking for these items gives the appearance that you're more intoxicated than you really are. Keep your registration and insurance card in an easily accessible place. This way, you can retrieve it comfortably and confidently when needed.
Don't answer incriminating questions. A favorite question of officers on DUI stops is, "Have you been drinking?" If you haven't been drinking, it's an easy answer: "No." But if you have been drinking, the best response is to politely decline to answer. If you answer "yes" hoping the officer will respect your honesty and give you a break, you give them ammo to use against you in court. But if you lie and answer "no," it can also work against you. So just politely and respectfully say you'd prefer not to answer.
Call an experienced DUI attorney. An experienced DUI attorney from the Mitchell Law Group knows the law and will defend your case aggressively. Police officers often make mistakes that invalidate the evidence they have against you. You need a top drunk driving defense lawyer working on your behalf to steer your case to the best outcome.
Category: DUI Defense
Michael Mitchell is a Fresno attorney who practices in the areas of DUI, personal injury & criminal law. Visit his Google+ profile.