What to do if you are pulled over and have been drinking.
This quick guide will allow you to make an informed opinion when being pulled over by the police and you are concerned about the number of drinks you have consumed that day or night.
How to comply with Law Enforcement on an alcohol related stop.1. Always respond to an audible or visual signal immediately.
2. In doing so, make sure you do not make any sudden movements, such as braking, accelerating, weaving, or recklessly make a stop.
3. If you have been consuming alcohol and you are unsure that you would be under the legal limit, produce your id, registration, and insurance to the officer.
4. You are never under any obligation to inform an officer where you have been, where you are going, or if you have consumed any alcohol recently.
5. Politely refuse any inquiries and don't respond to any incriminating questions.
6. If you are asked to be removed from the vehicle, it is your right to refuse all testing which includes field sobriety testing, portable breath testing, and the breathalyzer at the station.
7. Be aware that if you refuse to provide a breath sample you may be subjected to an automatic license suspension from the bureau of motor vehicles.
8. However, if your driving is ok and the government does not have any field sobriety tests or blood/breath test results, a successful prosecution for an OVI is an steep uphill battle for the State.
What to do if charged with operating an motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs?1. Contact and retain legal representation.
2. Do not make any statements to law enforcement or others.
3. Listen to your attorney.
4. Do not violate any terms of bond and do not get charged with any new offenses while your case is pending.
5. Your attorney can help you maintain your employment through driving privileges through the court after a statutory period of time since your arrest has lapsed.
6. Each jurisdiction is different in procedure, so it might be beneficial to retain a lawyer familiar with the court you have been charged in.