April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a good time to remind ourselves of the perils of drinking and driving.
Drinking and driving is not only against the law – it’s dangerous for you and for others on the road. But if you’re ever in a vehicle that gets pulled over for a suspected DUI – whether or not you’re the one behind the wheel – here are 5 things to keep in mind.
1. Pull over quickly and safely
- Stay in your car. Do not get out unless asked to do so.
- Shut your car off.
- If you’re wearing a hoodie or hat, take it off.
- Put your hands on the wheel.
2. Be Polite to Law Enforcement
- Being disrespectful to law enforcement is never a good idea.
- Follow any instructions given.
3. You can plead the 5th.
- You have the right to remain silent. Which means you don’t have to say anything that would incriminate yourself.
4. Comply with questions, but don’t give out extra information
- There’s no need to tell law enforcement where you were, who you were with, and how many drinks you consumed.
5. Try to stay calm
- It’s scary getting arrested, especially when you’re intoxicated.
- Respectfully ask for legal representation.
- Remember, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
DUI defense can be complicated. It can affect people’s personal lives and careers. If you have a DUI or related matter, rest assured Lehman & Johnson Attorneys At Law PLC will do everything within our power to achieve the best possible outcome to your case. Contact us today or give us a call at (931) 896-2226.