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6 Things to Remember if You’re Pulled Over for DUI

Cincinnati Police carGetting pulled over is scary in any circumstance, and as DUI attorneys, we understand your fears. When you’re accused of driving under the influence, you’re likely concerned about paying lofty fines, spending time in jail, or even losing your license.

Here at The Farrish Law Firm, L.P.A., we hope you don’t find yourself in this situation in the first place. Drinking and driving has many negative consequences and could cost you your—or someone else’s—life. But if you are pulled over for DUI, there are a few things you should remember.

1. Always Have your Documentation Available

You already know that the cops are going to ask for your license, registration, and insurance card, so keep them somewhere you can access without fumbling. Fumbling is one observation the police can use as probable cause to arrest you for DUI.

2. Always be Polite and Respectful, but Don’t Answer Questions

Give only your name, address, phone number, date of birth, and social security number. By not answering questions, you can avoid making any statements that could admit guilt. You should not be rude to the office either. When they ask you what or when you last ate, how much you’ve had to drink, or where you’re coming from, simply say that you’ve been advised by a lawyer at The Farrish Law Firm, L.P.A. not to answer these types of questions. One exception to this is if you are on medication or have a medical condition that may make defending against a DUI easier.

3. Don’t Take Field Sobriety Tests

There are no laws saying you are forced to take the field sobriety tests, which are entirely subject the officer administering them. In Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, you may go to jail for refusing the tests, but there will be much less concrete evidence against you.

4. Don’t Blow into a Breathalyzer

Breathalyzers can be unreliable, and will only be used as further proof against you. If you are over 21, you are not required to take this test. However, anyone under the age of 21 must take the test is asked by an officer.

See the Know Your Limit chart.

5. Use your Passengers as Witnesses

If there are passengers in your vehicle at the time you are pulled over, have them turn around to observe you. They may be able to refute the officer’s statements about your behavior at the scene. They can use their cell phones to video the entire encounter.

6. Phone a Friend

When you’re given the opportunity to make a phone call at the police station, call a friend and allow them to hear that you are not slurring your words. If you’re given multiple phone calls, leave a message to your own phone that can be played back at trial as evidence that you weren’t incoherent.

If you’ve been charged with a DUI in the tri-state area, you have options—let’s use them. The experienced DUI defense attorneys at The Farrish Law Firm, L.P.A. are committed to securing the best resolution for your case. Contact us ASAP to schedule your free consultation.

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