The flashing red and blue lights of a police car are enough to send some of us into a panic. And if you see those lights in your rearview mirror, you might find yourself worried about the interaction that you’re about to have with the police and whether it will lead to allegations of criminal wrongdoing.
But we don’t want you to get flustered during your traffic stop. Therefore, we hope that you’ll consider implementing some of these tips to ensure that your interaction with the police protects your interests as fully as possible:
- Make sure that you appropriately stop: You don’t want to give the police any reason to suspect that you’re under the influence. Therefore, simply turn on your blinker and pull over to the side of the road. It’s best to pull over onto the righthand shoulder of the road if you can, as pulling over on the left-hand side may raise suspicions.
- Remain inside your vehicle: You don’t want the police to think that you’re being aggressive in any fashion, and you don’t want to give them evidence to use against you in a drunk driving case. For both of these reasons, it’s best to stay inside your vehicle during your traffic stop unless you’re specifically asked to exit the vehicle. Turn off your engine, turn on your interior light if it’s dark outside and keep your hands on the steering wheel. These are normal behaviors that won’t give the police any indication that you’re intoxicated.
- Avoid acting suspiciously: Remember, the police are looking for any behavior that they can utilize to justify a drunk driving arrest. Therefore, if you do something suspicious like spraying the interior of your vehicle to mask a smell or putting eyedrops in your eyes, the police might think that you’re trying to cover up evidence of intoxication. Your suspicious behavior may also give law enforcement justification to search you and your vehicle, which could end up leading to more criminal charges.
- Don’t provide too much information: Your own words can be your own worst enemy during a traffic stop. Therefore, make sure that you’re not saying too much to the police officer who stops you. If you talk too much, you might end up contradicting yourself or saying something that you didn’t mean but that can be taken out of context. Also, don’t talk about how much you’ve had to drink. You’re better off just remaining silent if you’ve been asked if you’ve been drinking.
- Don’t agree to a field sobriety test: Field sobriety tests are often used to justify a request for a breath or blood test, and they often lead to arrest. However, they’re also notoriously inaccurate. Therefore, you might want to think about refusing these tests when an officer asks you to conduct one.
Know how to aggressively defend your interests
You have a lot at risk when you’re pulled over and subsequently accused of drunk driving. That’s why you need to know the law and how to use it to your advantage. That can be daunting, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the law and how to navigate it. But that’s why competent law firms like ours are here to help.
We know how to develop persuasive legal arguments that attack the credibility of the prosecution’s evidence, all with an eye on protecting you from the harshest penalties being threatened against you.
So, if you’re interested in learning more about how to protect your future, now is the time to think about reaching out to a criminal defense attorney who you think will give you the zealous advocacy that you need on your side.