As soon as you see the flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror, you may be overwhelmed with worry and fear, especially if you have had a few drinks throughout the night.
How you handle your encounter with the police officer can determine spending the night in your own bed or spending the night in a jail cell. As a former prosecutor, our Nashville DUI defense attorney has a few recommendations when handling this type of situation.
The following are steps to take when you get pulled over for a suspected drunk driving:
- Be polite. When you treat police officers with respect, they will often do the same in return.
- Cooperate to an extent. Hand over your driver’s license and registration in a pleasant manner. Any sort of resistance to reasonable request or bad attitude can escalate into a hostile situation.
- Know the implied consent law. According to Tennessee driving laws, anyone on public roadways automatically consents to a roadside sobriety test, such as a breathalyzer. If you refuse to perform these tests, then your driver’s license will be suspended for one year, in addition to being arrested. If you do participate in the breathalyzer, these results will not be admissible in court. However, you will take another test back in the police station that can be used in court.
- Demonstrate your Miranda Rights. You are legally not required to admit that you’ve been drinking or provide any information to police officers that can be used against you in court. Do not be afraid or intimidated to use your right to remain silent.
- Get a hold of a lawyer as soon as possible. If you’re arrested, you are allowed one phone call. Use that phone call to contact an experienced and skilled DUI defense attorney.
At The Collins Law Firm, we have over a decade of legal experience helping our clients obtain the best possible outcome from their DUI cases. We can help you navigate through the potential complications of your case and determine the best course of action in order to get your life back on track.