Provide your driver's license, proof of insurance, and registration if requested.
Don't answer questions.
If the officer questions you, politely inform him that you do not wish to answer ANY of his questions.
Are you free to leave?
Ask the officer if you are free to leave. If not, inform the officer that you would like to speak with your attorney in private before being questioned.
Don't do field sobriety tests.
Michigan law does not require you to submit to any verbal, physical, or eye tests to determine sobriety.
PBTs aren't required for most drivers.
Michigan law makes refusal of a Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) a civil infraction. You will not lose your operator's license for refusing a PBT, but will receive a ticket and be fined. This may not be appropriate for all drivers. See disclaimer at end.
Ask to call attorney.
Request to call your attorney before taking a Datamaster (breath test), blood, or other chemical test. The officer doesn't have to let you, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
Refusing chemical test could cost you your license.
Refusing a Datamaster, blood, urine or other chemical test will result in the suspension of your operator's license.
Ask for an independent test.
If you consent to a test of your blood, breath, or urine, you have a right to request an independent test at a hospital of your choice.You must pay for this test.
Never consent to a search.
NEVER give an officer permission to search your vehicle under any circumstances.
Never resist an officer's commands.
NEVER resist an officer's commands. Resisting can be a felony.
Hire an attorney.
After an arrest, seek immediate counsel from a qualified attorney.
Not appropriate for everyone.
This information may not be appropriate for all drivers, including, but not limited to: (i) drivers involved in an accident causing serious injury or death; (ii) drivers licensed in another state; (iii) drivers with prior OWI conviction(s); (iv) drivers under the age of 21; (v) drivers holding a CDL; (vi) drivers carrying a concealed weapon pursuant to a valid concealed pistol permit; (vii) drivers on probation/ parole; and others. You should consult with an attorney to determine the proper actions to take based on your
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