What to Do When Pulled Over for a DUI in Arizona

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A police officer will stop you if they see a traffic violation. If they believe that you have been driving under the influence, you will get charged with the criminal charge of DUI.. It’s important for you to know what to do if you are pulled over for a DUI. You might want to consider following these steps.

Police Traffic Stop Potential DUI

Find a Safe Place to Pullover

You should make a plan to stop as soon as the officer signals you to pull over. You should pull over immediately in the safest place possible. The location that you pull over to can have an impact on your case. If you do not pull over in a safe location, then your police officer will take note of this. However, some officers may not take it well if you wait too long to pull over.

Avoid Making Any Sudden Movements

Police officers look out for their own safety first. That is why you will need to avoid making any sudden movements. Your hands should be in a place where an officer can see them. Generally, it’s best for you to keep your hands on your steering wheel.

Be Respectful

The way that you interact with the police officer can help determine how well things go for you. It’s important for you to be respectful and perhaps even respond to questions with “Yes sir”, “No sir”, “Yes ma’am”, “No ma’am”, etc. If your case happens to go to trial, then the officer will take note of the fact that you were respectful during the interaction.

Refuse the Field Sobriety Test

Your police officer will ask you to take a field sobriety test. You have a right to refuse those tests. The main reason that you should refuse a field sobriety test is that they are used to collect evidence against you, not for you. You are also not required to take a portable, hand-held, breath test in the field.

Take the Chemical Test

You will be asked to take a chemical test before you are taken to the police station. The officer will select the test.  It is typically a breath test or a blood test. You should always ask to speak to a DUI attorney before you decide to take the test.  However, if you refuse the test, it is typical for the police to get a search warrant for your blood.

Write Down the Details of Your Arrest

You should write down all of the details of your arrest after you are released. Your memory will be better after the incident and not months later. This includes things such as what you were doing before you were pulled over, the amount of alcohol that you drank before driving, your interaction with the police officer, the place the DUI occurred, whether you were read Miranda rights, and whether you took the field or chemical tests.

Contact A DUI Lawyer

The best thing that you can do if you have been charged with a DUI in Arizona is to hire an attorney. Many people fail to defend themselves well in court because they don’t know the laws and the effects of those laws. The attorney will make sure that you know all of the laws and they will fight for you in court. Contact Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law, to fight for you and your rights.

 

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