Being stopped by the police can sometimes be a nerve wracking experience, even if you have done nothing wrong. On the other hand, you can’t always assume that a policeman who stops you is really there to serve and protect. It is a sad fact some police officers do not treat people fairly. Any encounter with the police can also be intensified if you do not know your rights, and what to do when you are stopped.
Interacting With the Police
When you are stopped by the police, things can escalate quickly if you are uncooperative. However, you are well within your rights if you:
Of course, you have a responsibility to conduct yourself in the right way as well. Things you should avoid doing include:
Being Stopped For Suspected Drunk Driving
This is where there is confusion for some people. Some of them get so nervous when they are stopped they quickly volunteer information like having a glass or two of wine with dinner. This can give the police officer all the reason he or she needs to investigate further. The first thing you need to know is that the police cannot pull you over without probable cause. If you are driving erratically for example, then they have the right to ask you to stop.
Typically, the officer will ask you to perform a series of physical tests to determine if you are impaired. You are under no obligation to do these tests, but you should decline in a polite manner.You should note however, that this is where you might have a problem. If the officer has reasonable suspicion that you are impaired, you can be asked to submit to a breathalyzer test. You could also be asked to take a blood or urine test, and in most states, refusal could mean an automatic suspension of your driver’s license.
Criminal attorneys are usually the first call for people who have been arrested. If you have been charged with drunk driving however, it is best to contact a DUI attorney. If you have not done any tests an attorney could have the case dismissed due to lack of evidence. However, this will be more challenging if you have a previous drunk driving conviction on your record.