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Do these things if you’re pulled over for suspicion of DUI

Even though most people understand the risks of driving under the influence of alcohol, mistakes happen from time to time. If you find yourself pulled over for suspicion of DUI, it’s important that you remain calm and take all the right steps.

The most important thing to remember is that just because you’ve been drinking doesn’t mean you’ll be arrested for driving under the influence. You can improve the likelihood of avoiding trouble by taking these steps:

  • Immediately pull over: Don’t give the officer any reason to believe you’re trying to get away. Pull to the shoulder of the road, put on your hazard lights and stay in your vehicle.
  • Remain courteous: It’s not always easy to bite your tongue, especially if the officer is treating you poorly, but remaining courteous throughout the conversation is a must.
  • You don’t have to talk: While it’s okay to share basic information with police, you do have the right to remain silent if you’re not comfortable answering a question. You don’t want to say something that could be used against you in the future.
  • Telling the truth isn’t likely to help: Saying “I’ve had a few drinks” or “I was drinking, but I feel okay to drive” will come back to bite you later. In fact, it will probably give the officer more reason to ask you to submit to a field sobriety test.
  • Remain calm: There’s never a good time to get worked up, especially if you are put under arrest. If you resist arrest, it could lead to additional criminal charges.

If you’re facing DUI charges, learn more about your legal rights and the defense strategy you can use to avoid a conviction and the penalties associated with it.

Alex Hanna was named Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer (2016) by The National Trial Lawyers.

Alex Hanna is rated a Premier DUI Attorney by the American Association of Premier DUI (2016).

Alex Hanna was named Traffic Lawyer of the Decade (2010) by the Minority Chamber of Commerce.

Alex Hanna was given the 2016 Client’s Choice Award from Avvo.

Alex Hanna is a member of The Florida Bar and Practices in the areas of Criminal, Traffic and Personal Injury Law since 2001.

Alex Hanna is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2016).

Alex Hanna is a member of the Esteemed Lawyers of America association (2017).

Alex Hanna is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (2017).

Alex Hanna was bestowed the 10 best law firm award by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys in 2016 and 2017.