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Tips For Reacting to an Officer’s DUI Suspicions

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Joliet DUI defense attorneyIn general, getting pulled over can cause a great deal of tension and anxiety. It is not uncommon for drivers in these situations to be nervous and make mistakes or say the wrong thing as a result. Getting pulled over under suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) should be taken very seriously, and drivers should be prepared for what is expected of them and how best to handle the situation. Even if you act with the utmost respect and rationale, you could face serious consequences, and it is in your best interest to connect with a lawyer who can approach your DUI defense vigorously.

What Should I Do If I am Pulled Over For DUI?

If you believe you are being pulled over due to an officer’s suspicion that you are driving under the influence, you should first and foremost find a safe place to pull over. Because the officer already suspects you of DUI, they are going to be hypervigilant of your behavior. Therefore, any odd or erratic behavior will only bolster their suspicion. On a similar note, it is important for drivers to understand that officers are trained to protect themselves and be incredibly cautious. Thus, it is essential that drivers do not make any sudden movements once parked.

It is also highly recommended to be polite to police officers. This has been shown to lower your chances of being arrested. Additionally, if you are rude to an officer, they are more likely to put more effort into ensuring your conviction.

By no means should you lie, as this may hurt you later on. However, you are not required to answer any potentially incriminating questions. The only information you are required by law to provide the officer is your name, driver’s license, insurance, and registration.

The officer may also ask you to undergo a field sobriety test or a hand-held breathalyzer test after pulling you over. You are not required to agree to these tests, and it may be in your best interest to refuse them, since the results may be used as evidence against you. However, if the officer places you under arrest, you will be required to submit to chemical testing, usually at the police station. Refusing this test will result in an automatic suspension of your driver’s license whether or not you are convicted of DUI.

One of the most beneficial steps you can take after being pulled over for a DUI is to find an experienced DUI defense attorney who can collect evidence on your behalf and protect your rights.

Contact Our Joliet DUI Defense Attorney Today

DUI charges can result in misdemeanor or felony convictions, depending on the circumstances. Either way, drivers convicted of such charges may face heavy fines, jail time, and license suspension. If you are facing drunk driving charges, you deserve to have a knowledgeable and skillful attorney on your side. The Will County DUI defense attorneys at McNamara Phelan McSteen, LLC can represent you throughout your case. Call 815-727-0100 today to schedule a free consultation.

 

Source:

https://icjia.illinois.gov/researchhub/articles/alcohol-impaired-driving-in-illinois

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