How to limit your risks when pulled over for suspected DUI

On Behalf of | Aug 8, 2023 | Motor vehicle accidents |

Police officers in Connecticut constantly monitor traffic for signs of drunk drivers. If police stop you on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), your risk of getting arrested skyrockets. In this situation, your actions have a strong influence on what happens next. Knowing how to behave during a DUI traffic stop may improve your defense options should authorities arrest and charge you.

Understand that police are nervous

Every traffic stop represents a risky situation for police officers. A few simple steps on your part will communicate that you are not a threat.

When police indicate that you need to stop, you should:

  • Pull over as soon as safely possible
  • Turn off your engine
  • Switch on the cabin light
  • Put your hands on the steering

Wait in that position until the officer directs you to retrieve your license and registration. If the approaching officer sees you rummaging around the vehicle’s interior, concerns that you have a weapon or are trying to conceal something illegal will arise.

Give short answers

Too often, people feel like they can talk their way out of trouble. You should actually keep your answers brief and never volunteer extra information. You only need to explain who you are. You have the right to politely decline other questions. Do not argue. Simply state that you decline to answer.

Refuse the field sobriety test

Police officers ask people to perform various physical tests on the roadside as they look for signs of intoxication. You are not legally obligated to comply with a field sobriety test request. There are many reasons why a sober person could fail the test and be accused of drunk driving.

On the other hand, should you be arrested, you must submit to chemical testing, like a blood draw. Refusal triggers automatic penalties and complicates your defense.