What to do if you’re pulled over for drunk driving
You’re driving in Arizona. Suddenly, you see a police car in your rearview mirror. What should you do? Here are our suggestions:
- Turn off the radio or any other audio devices in your car.
- Have your driver’s license and registration ready for the police officer.
- Place both hands on the steering wheel where the police officer can see them.
- Do not say anything until the police officer speaks to you.
- Be polite. Say “Sir” or “Ma’am” in response to any questions.
- Keep your answers short. “Yes, ma’am” or “No, sir” are sufficient answers.
- Do not lie to the police officer.
- Do not volunteer any information. Again, keep your answers short and polite.
- You can (politely) refuse to take a field sobriety test. These tests are voluntary.
- If you are charged with DUI, ask to speak with an attorney right away.
- If the police officer says you can leave, do so. Make sure you leave the area at a safe and legal speed.
- Do not post anything on social media about your DUI charge.
Every DUI stop and arrest is different. The bottom line is be polite, keep your answers brief and ask to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible.
How we can help you
Being charged and convicted of DUI in Arizona can have serious consequences. You could lose your driver’s license, be fined hundreds or thousands of dollars and even spend days, weeks or years in jail depending on the circumstances of your DUI charge.
That’s why it’s important to take your DUI arrest seriously right from the start. Our legal team can explain all the legal options available to you and which one makes the most sense. And if you need to go to court – or file an appeal – we will be there with you, by your side and defending your rights.
Put your trust in a law firm that puts your needs first. Contact us and schedule an appointment today in our Mesa office. An experienced, Arizona DUI defense attorney can help you every step of the way.