You went out, had a few cocktails with some friends, and are now driving home. You notice red and blue lights in your rearview mirror, and your heart starts racing. There’s no question – being pulled over is stressful; however, if there’s the potential of a DUI charge, it makes a bad situation worse.
While this is true, it’s important to take the right steps to ensure your safety, even if it ends in an arrest. Remember, you still have options, no matter what happens. Some tips to help you handle being pulled over for a DUI can be found here:
One of the most important things you can do when pulled over is to remain calm. It is a stressful situation, but don’t let your nerves get the most of you. Stay calm and stay quiet.
You may be tempted to yell and scream at the police officer that pulled you over; however, you should resist this urge. You must be respectful and polite during the entire encounter.
Never admit to drinking
In the Miranda Rights, a part states, “Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” This is true. If you admit you were drinking, you have admitted your guilt. Even if you aren’t over the legal limit (which is 0.08% in South Carolina), this could be used against you.
Remember you have rights
You don’t have to agree to a field sobriety test. It’s worth mentioning that if you refuse this test, you will likely be arrested for a DUI and taken to the station for a breathalyzer test. However, this does not mean you will automatically lose your license.
Knowing your rights when pulled over for DUI
No matter how stressed or frustrated you are when you are pulled over, remain calm and polite. Even if you are arrested, don’t yell or resist. You have rights, and making sure that you follow the tips above will benefit your case down the road.