EXCELLENT GUIDELINES FOR WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE PULLED OVER...
- One should pull over to a safe place
Remain Calm. Once a police officer puts on the lights, and decides to pull
you over for a (DUI/DWI), be very careful of what you say as they are monitoring and making observations
of all actions that are admissable in court. Remember that the police
officer is making mental notes of how you brake, slow down, or pull over
in a strange place.
Make sure you are aware of your surroundings
The officer is watching you from behind, and they are being cautious of
their surroundings as well to protect themselves. Don't make any jerky
motions, because they will be approaching the car from behind to insure
their own safety as well.
- Treat them with respect
Being polite and courteous is the best way to let them know that you are
cooperative and that you are in control. Being rude or hostile is is really
a way to set your self up for disaster. If you treat them with respect,
most likely they will treat you with respect as well. When they pull up
behind your vehicle as you are moving, once again. pull over slowly and
- Don't stretch the truth, or answer any incriminating questions
That's your right as an individual. You may feel cautious, anxious,
and be a bit scared, but maintaining your peace of mind is the best way
to deal with the situation. Stay focused. The anxiety of being pulled
over is something that they're always watching for. If they start
asking questions that you are uncomfortable answering or fear that they
are asking questions that go against your rights, stay calm. If the officer
asks if you've been drinking, it's your right to not incriminate
yourself, but let them know that your rights are allowing you not to answer
any of the questions. Depending upon your unique situation, body composition,
alcohol tolerance and daily circumstances, if you have had just one to
two drinks, you might not be over the legal limit.
- It is your right to refuse a field sobriety test
Just remember your rights. You do have the right to refuse the test, unless
of course you feel that just the one to two drinks have not affected you
to the point that you were not able to operate your vehicle properly.
It is completely up to the officer to determine whether you are intoxicated
based off of your performance on these tests.
- Taking a chemical test
Once again, this is your right to refuse this test at the police station.
However, the state of Illinois has an
Implied Consent Law which means that if probable cause exists for an officer
to give a breathalyzer exam at the station and you refuse, your driving
priveleges will be suspended for a longer period of time.
- One of the Most Important things after your release
Write down everything that you can remember about the occurrence. The more
notes that you take, the more you will remember. That is so imperative
for your case. Remember, where you and what you did before the occurrence,
how much you had to drink, what happened when the officer pulled you over,
how the officer behaved and instructions he gave you, what was said, where
you were when you were pulled over, and all other interactions that happened.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY...
CONTACT AN ATTORNEY.
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