DUI arrests are an unfortunate, but very real, fact of life.
And although there is quite a stigma attached to those who are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the truth is that it can happen to anyone who drinks. For this reason, it’s very important to educate yourself on what to do before and after a field sobriety test.
Of course, the most important thing to remember is not to drink and drive… ever. But, if you do have a drink and get behind the wheel, or even if you haven’t been drinking but you encounter a sobriety test anyway, there are ways that you can protect yourself.
Read on for five things to remember before and after your field sobriety test.
1. Always Have Your License And Registration Handy
Making the police officer who pulled you over wait around while you look for your license and registration is a sure fire way to annoy them. Make sure that both of these documents are always within easy reach.
Making life easier for the officer before your field test will make your life easier during the test!
2. Make Sure Your Car Is up to Snuff
Having a broken taillight or an expired inspection sticker will only draw attention to you and your vehicle. Make sure your car is up to date on all necessary repairs, and that you’re not giving officers any reason to pull you over.
3. Familiarize Yourself with Field Sobriety Tests
In the unfortunate event that you are given a sobriety test, it will be very helpful to know what you’re up against.
Take some time to familiarize yourself with the different kinds of field sobriety tests that an officer can administer. Test them out with your friends. Making sure that you’ve been able to practice these tests will ensure that you don’t make any silly mistakes.
4. Know Your Rights
Do you have to take a roadside test? The answer is no.
But this decision may come with consequences. If you refuse to submit to a sobriety test, it could lead to the suspension of your license. Your refusal could also be used against you if you end up on trial.
Do you have to tell the officer if you’ve been drinking?
This is up to you. It may lead to suspicion and annoyance from the officer, but it could also mean that there is less evidence stacking up against you.
5. Don’t Lose Your Cool
In the event that you are pulled over, given a field test, or arrested, it is very important to remember to stay calm. Becoming frustrated or aggressive in front of a police officer will never lead to any good.
If an officer asks you anything which you are uncomfortable with, try to find a calm way to respond without answering the question. Staying cool could save you from an arrest!
Remember, drinking and driving is never a good idea. But in the event that you are subjected to a field sobriety test, make sure that you are well-informed of these tests, know what your rights are, and ensure your car and paperwork are up-to-date.
Being prepared will help you before and after a DUI arrest, and could save you from jail time!
If you have any questions or need any legal advice, don’t hesitate to contact our law offices. We’re here to help!