There are few things scarier than being stopped by a police officer on suspicion of DUI. For most people, this kind of police interaction is a nerve-wracking and unwelcome experience. However, if you’re ever pulled over on suspicion of DUI, the last thing you want to do is make things worse for yourself. Below are some tips for dealing with the police after you’ve been stopped for DUI.
I’ve been stopped for a DUI, what do I do?
Turn off your vehicle and place your hands on the wheel. The first thing you should do after being pulled over by the police is turn off your vehicle and place your hands on the steering wheel. This assures the officer that you aren’t a threat and signals your willingness to cooperate.
Be cooperative. Even if you don’t think the officer has a valid reason for pulling you over, never argue. Arguing can only make the situation worse.
Don’t answer questions. Other than providing your name and other identifying information, don’t volunteer any information or answer any of the officer’s questions. Anything you say during the stop can be used against you later in court.
Understand your obligations regarding field sobriety tests. Police officers administer field sobriety tests to observe you for signs of intoxication. Common field sobriety tests include the finger-to-nose test, the one-leg stand test, and the walk-and-turn test. Field sobriety tests are often inaccurate, and they routinely fail to hold up in court. In Georgia, drivers are not required to consent to field sobriety tests. In most cases, drivers have little to gain and much to lose by consenting to field sobriety tests.
Understand your obligations regarding chemical tests. As opposed to field sobriety tests, Georgia drivers are required by law to submit to chemical testing. Specifically, a driver must consent to a chemical test if requested to do so by a police officer who has probable cause to believe that the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The failure to consent to a chemical test has legal consequences. Following a driver’s refusal, the officer will confiscate his or her license and issue a 30-day driving permit. If the driver fails to request a hearing to challenge the suspension, the state will revoke his or her driving privileges for one year.
Contact a Georgia criminal defense attorney
If you’re facing a DUI charge in Georgia, our Georgia criminal defense attorney will fight for you. When you come to Carter Pilgrim Stroud for your legal needs, our talented legal professionals will analyze the facts that led to your Georgia DUI arrest and determine the most effective legal strategy for your Georgia criminal case. We are well known in Georgia for aggressively defending clients in the courtroom and obtaining favorable results at the negotiating table. Therefore, if you’re facing a DUI charge in Georgia, please contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.