Getting pulled over when you’re driving down the road, minding your own business is never something you anticipate happening. It can be a scary experience, even if you’re just given a warning and sent on your way. However, if the police officer who stopped you suspects that you are driving under the influence of alcohol, he or she may begin to prepare for a DUI arrest.
If you are going to be arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, the law enforcement officer will likely conduct some tests at the scene to determine whether or not you have been drinking. The police officer may:
– Request that you subject to a breathalyzer test
– Ask you to get out of the car
– Ask for your license, registration and proof of insurance
– Ask you questions that are worded carefully in order to try to get you to admit to drinking and driving
– Shine a flashlight into your eyes, or ask you to follow a light with your gaze
– Ask you to walk in a straight line
– Ask you to recite the alphabet
You have the right to refuse to answer any and all questions asked by the law enforcement officer who pulled you over, and you have the right to request to speak to an attorney immediately. It is important that you do both of these things as soon as you suspect that the law enforcement officer is pulling you over under the suspicion of drinking and driving.
Contact the Law Firm of Ross, Kelley & Martin, PLLC to discuss your DUI arrest. We will work to protect your rights under the law.