What should I do if I am pulled over for a DUI?
First and foremost, it is a good idea to not drink and drive in the first place. Possibly the worst punishment is losing your life or the lives of others on the road. Even if you do survive, the DUI penalties in every state can be pretty strict. You could be facing jail time, loss of license, outstanding fines and the list goes on depending on your case.
Your behavior when getting pulled over could help your case
If you are pulled over, it probably wouldn’t help you to keep an attitude with the police officers either. You are more likely to fair better if you follow the officer’s instructions at the time. This means submitting yourself to any sobriety tests, getting out of the car if the officer asks and any other demands. You are not forced to take the field sobriety tests and may simply state that you do not wish to participate. However, this could lead to your arrest. Your compliance with the police may help you in your case.
Taking the field sobriety tests
If you are deciding whether to take the tests and you have not been drinking, it would be a good idea to take the test. It can be a good indicator that you are sober and you are more likely to be let go if the officer has proof. If you have been drinking, then you may not want to take the test. However, officers are often trained on the mistakes you make while taking the test versus how well you perform on them anyway.
As far as alcohol testing, some states may require you to take this. If you do refuse, you are at a high risk of losing your license, even if you are sober.
If you are deciding between the two tests, then you may want to consider a few sides to each. While the blood test usually provides greater accuracy, it may also take the longest as the police may have to find a licensed nurse or practitioner to administer this test. The breath test is much faster, but if you are sober, it may not provide the accuracy about your alcohol level that you need.
DUI laws are variable from state to state, so these tips may or may not apply to your situation. Consulting with a DUI lawyer for legal help may help you fight your case if you believe there was a discrepancy when you were pulled over.
DUI could affect your children
Is it possible that your first offense DUI could affect your child’s life? If you are a parent with a DUI charge, you may want to find out what your consequences are regarding your children. In some cases, getting a DUI can result in a license suspension which therefore, might make it harder to manage your child’s daily routine like school, activities and errands. Is it possible to get a hardship license in this case?
You are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. You should hire a Kentucky licensed attorney to assist you in Kentucky with your pending case. Generally speaking, if someone is ultimately convicted of an OUI in most states, Michigan will most likely impose license sanctions as well. In certain rare situations, there is no reciprocity between the states and their respective license sanctions. Generally, though, most states will honor the conviction and sanction the individual in the state they’re licensed from. For a first OUI offense, depending on a person’s record, there is a good chance they will be eligible to get a restricted license. However, the license sanctions will be significant. If there are any issues with the license sanctions, the aggrieved person may be file to request hearings and work through the appellate process for the Secretary of State’s office. If anyone wishes to ever contest any sort of license sanction, I’d recommend retaining a lawyer to help.
This answer pertains to individuals in the state of Michigan.
Jacob P. Sartz IV
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Phone: (517) 410-5127<