10 Steps to Bulletproof Your DUI Case
Avoid the 10 Biggest Mistakes People Make in a DUI Stop
Listed below are ways to avoid incriminating yourself during a DUI / DWI stop. If you have already been arrested and are seeking an attorney, contact Jerald Novak & Associates for experienced and aggressive DUI defense.
- Stop immediately at the first safe area.
When an officer activates the emergency lights, he or she expects you to stop immediately. Failing to do so gives the officer reason for suspicion. Every observation the officer makes in his or report is potential evidence against you. However, stopping immediately does not mean stopping in the middle of the road. Make sure you are in a safe place, out of the way of traffic.
- Remain in the car.
Police officers may feel threatened if they see you get out of the car. They may draw their gun, increasing your nervousness, and increasing the chance you will fail DUI road tests.
- Keep your proof of insurance, driver’s license and registration in an accessible place.
Being pulled over by the police makes everyone nervous. Stumbling around for your license and registration, or handing the officer the wrong document, may look suspicious. Remember, any suspicious observation is a bad observation.
- Don’t answer any questions other than giving your name and address.
You are not required to answer any questions about where you came from or where you are going. Simply inform the officer that you do not wish to answer those questions at this time.
- Be polite. Don’t give the officers an attitude.
Giving officers an attitude gives them a reason to arrest you. Be polite to them and they will probably be polite to you.
- DO NOT ADMIT DRINKING.
Even a perfect DUI stop can lead to an arrest if you admit drinking alcohol. See the Best DUI Stop Ever for an example.
- DO NOT PARTICIPATE in physical coordination tests (field sobriety tests).
It hard enough to hold your balance while standing on one leg or walking heal-to-toe when you are awake in the middle of the day. When you are nervous and tired, these tests become nearly impossible. Physical coordination tests are rarely accurate so do not give police officers a reason to testify on the results.
- Do not submit to preliminary breath tests, blood tests or urine tests.
Police officers usually lie to drivers, saying that these tests cannot be used against you in court. They can! Calmly refuse to take the tests. Remember, be polite.
- Remember that the police may lie to you.
The police are not there to be your friend and legal counselors. They cannot and will not give you accurate legal advice.
- Inform the police at the time of the stop of any medical or health conditions.
Medical conditions can significantly influence the results of blood alcohol tests, both road side tests and tests taken at the jail. They can also result in swerving or other suspicious driving behavior. Inform the police of any medical conditions — diabetes, epilepsy, stroke — at the time of the stop. DO NOT inform them of medications you are taking.