It is never pleasant to get pulled over by police while driving, and it can be especially scary if law enforcement suspects that you are driving under the influence.
It is critical to remember that you have rights and to know how to react when you get pulled over, so you can respond calmly and give yourself the best chance at a successful outcome.
If you get pulled over by law enforcement in Florida:
Pull over safely
When you see the flashing lights of a police car, pull over to the right side of the road as soon as it is safe to do so. Turn off your engine and roll down your window.
Be polite and cooperative
When the officer approaches your vehicle, make your hands visible to the officer, be courteous and cooperative toward them. Provide your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance when asked.
Do not admit guilt
Do not admit guilt if the officer asks you if you have been drinking. You have the right to remain silent during the entire procedure, and you have the right not to incriminate yourself.
Field sobriety test
The officer may ask you to perform a field sobriety test, such as walking in a straight line or standing on one leg. You can refuse these tests, but if you refuse to cooperate it may result in an arrest.
If the officer suspects you are driving under the influence, they may ask you to take a breathalyzer test. In Florida, if you refuse to take a breathalyzer test when law enforcement asks, your driver’s license will be suspended for one year.
Contact a DUI attorney
You have a right to legal representation. Do this as soon as possible. An attorney will help you understand your rights and defend you in court.
If law enforcement pulls you over, it is natural to feel scared and defensive, especially if they suspect you are driving under the influence and ask you to take a field sobriety or breathalyzer test.
Knowing what to do in these situations is essential because it will help you understand your rights and what you should do to avoid getting yourself into further trouble.