There are two important things that you should do when you get pulled over due to suspected DUI. First, always use your common sense, and second, avoid behaviour that may put you in jeopardy. As soon as the police officer decides to pull you over for DUI or any other traffic violation, you have to start making observations because these will be very important for the criminal defence lawyer when putting up your defence.
A police officer has initiated a stop because he thinks that you are might be impaired or drunk. At this point, you cannot stop the police with their observations because they have to include them in the police report. Their observations will have a huge impact on the criminal trial and any hearings regarding the suspension or revocation of the driver’s license.
One of the first observations that the police officer will make is how you pulled over. Make sure that you do not slow down too abruptly or pull over in an unsafe location. Do not make any sudden movements and do not twist around to watch the officer approach the car from behind. Officers are trained to be cautious and safe that is why they will approach the vehicle from behind. Always keep your hands at the wheel until the officer knocks on your window and asks for your identification.
It is common to feel anxiety but always comply with what the police officer asks of you to avoid being charged with resisting arrest. Be friendly but do not answer questions that may incriminate you. You are not legally obligated to take a field sobriety test because the results will the basis for the decision that you are intoxicated. Request for a more scientific examination like a breath test or blood test that determines whether you are really drunk or impaired.
If you are taken into custody, call MyDefence.ca immediately. Write everything that you remember because it will be critical to your case. There are lawyers who are specifically trained and experienced in DUI cases. They understand the applicable laws of the state and will guide you throughout the legal process.