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What Should You Do If You Are Pulled Over on Suspicion of Drunk Driving?

Posted on : December 3, 2018, By:  J Brian Kelley

Have you recently been pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving in Starkville, Mississippi? Be prepared that the officer will document everything you do. As a result of the officer’s thorough evaluation of all possible evidence, make sure to:

  • Put your car in park and set the parking brake, turning off the engine after you have been pulled over.
  • Roll down the passenger side and the driver side windows since the officer may approach from either side.
  • Keep both of your hands on the steering wheel where the officer can see them. You do not want to give the officer cause for concern that you are reaching for a weapon or to make any sudden moves.
  • Give the officer your driver’s license, your proof of insurance and your registration. Having these easily accessed and in a place where you can quickly produce them is important.
  • Address the officer as ma’am or sir since it never hurts to be polite.

Do not engage the police officer in a Starkville DUI situation about where you have been or what you have been doing on that night. The officer will likely ask you in a casual manner how much you have had to drink, if you’ve been drinking, where are you headed and coming from. Any answers that have inconsistencies could be used against you in court if the officer decides to pursue DUI charges. It is always a bad idea to argue with the officer or to lie to the officer.

You can firmly state that you do not wish to answer any further questions. Do not agree to take any roadside sobriety tests since these tests are voluntary but do get out of the car if the officer asks to get out. Exercise your right to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.

 


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