Not only is driving under the influence of alcohol against the law, but it’s extremely dangerous. Alcohol impairs your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, thus putting you and others at risk of serious injury or even death.
Police throughout the state of Virginia are on the lookout for anyone who appears to be intoxicated while driving. They’re looking for signs such as swerving, slow reaction times and driving the wrong way on a one-way street.
If you’re pulled over for suspicion of DUI, it’s natural to have concerns about what the next few minutes will bring. Here’s what you should do:
- Stay in your seat with your hands on the steering wheel: Don’t get out of your vehicle or grab for anything. When the officer arrives at your window, you can put it down and proceed to provide them with the information they require, such as your driver’s license and vehicle registration.
- Don’t start talking: For example, you may attempt to break the silence early in the conversation by asking what you did wrong or by making a statement to defend yourself. Don’t do this. There’s nothing wrong with silence while the officer examines your documentation and decides what to do next.
- Don’t say too much: There will come a point when the officer begins to ask you questions such as “have you been drinking?” In this case, a simple “no” will suffice. Don’t get into details, such as telling the officer you only had one drink at lunch.
- Don’t resist arrest: It’s your hope that the officer allows you to drive away with nothing more than a warning, but it doesn’t always happen. If you’re put under arrest, keep calm and remain silent. You’re under no obligation to say anything, even if the officer asks you a question.
If you’re pulled over for suspicion of DUI, an arrest may come at some point. From there, it won’t be long before you have a clear idea of your criminal charges and court date.
You should then devise a defense strategy to protect your legal rights, all with the hope of preventing a conviction and the associated consequences.