When police pull you over on suspicion of a DUI, there are several things you can do to improve your chances of dropping the charges. Making a mistake might guarantee a conviction, which you do not want.
According to the Pennsylvania DMV, your first DUI offense might earn you six months’ probation on your license. Your second offense puts you in jail for up to six months. Continue reading to learn what you should and should not do when a cop pulls you over.
Legally pull your vehicle over
Police record every detail of your traffic stop, including when you pull over and stop the car. Make sure you do not break traffic laws, use your turn signal and immediately pull to the side of the road.
Remain silent about drinking
Never admit to drinking. The police will try to act friendly or like admitting to drinking is not a big deal. However, any admission immediately increases your chance of a DUI conviction. You do not have to answer any questions the police ask you.
Refuse a field sobriety test
Do not submit to a field sobriety test. You do not have the legal obligation to perform one. Police may ask you to step out of the vehicle, and you must comply. However, that is as far as your obligations go. Be polite but refuse any questions or requests the police make. Field sobriety tests are complex and designed to make you fail.
There is no guarantee you can get out of a DUI conviction, but avoiding certain mistakes will help your case. Never incriminate yourself, and avoid any actions that cause suspicion or aggression.