What To Do And What Not To Do When You Are Stopped For A Dwi Or Dui?

When you are stopped for a dwi or dui, you must be very careful with what you do and what you do not do. If you are driving under the influence of alcohol or while intoxicated and then stopped by an officer, the first thing you should do is to make a commitment that you will never make this mistake again; it can cost someone’s life. The officer is doing his or her duty by stopping your vehicle and asking you to take certain tests because by doing all that he or she is actually trying to save other people’s lives that you might otherwise have put into danger. Having said that, you have the legal right to defend yourself. Following are some of the do’s and don’ts that you must follow in this regard irrespective of whether the charges against you are true or false.

Do Not Receive Or Dial Any Call On Your Cell Phone

If you are stopped for a dwi or dui and the officer finds you talking to someone on your cell phone, they may get a wrong impression; for example, they may assume that you are not taking them or the traffic stop seriously. They may also assume that you are an “experienced” dui offender (have committed such offenses before) and so have now already started making arrangements in your defense. Even if these assumptions are against the reality, you may end up getting arrested for this. Therefore, it is often wise not to attend any call on your cell phone while you are being stopped. Hang it up if you are already talking to someone on your cell phone. You should call your lawyer when everything else fails and the officer arrests you.

Don’t Ask Worthless Questions; Instead, You Must Co-Operate

When you are stopped for a dwi or dui, you must co-operate with the officer. Do not ask worthless questions, such as “is there any problem officer?” You very well know that there IS a problem and the officer has stopped you for a reason. The best thing you can do is to co-operate. Show your proof of insurance and driving license when you are asked to do so. If you are sure that you are not at fault, do not do anything that raises suspicion. If you do not co-operate and start fighting or become belligerent, it will only make things easier for the officer to file a dui charge against you.

Do Not Hide Alcohol Containers

If there are alcohol containers in your car, do not try to hide it. The officer is going to find it out anyway. Just because you have those containers in your vehicle does not mean that you are driving under the influence of alcohol.

Do Not Threaten The Officer

Even if you plan to hire a lawyer to defend yourself, do not threaten the officer about it. Keep your calm and be at your best behavior. It does not make any sense to get into any argument with the officer. The officers do it on a daily basis; they are used to such arguments; it is their duty. Therefore, a better strategy is to demonstrate your good behavior and still use your right to get legal assistance form your lawyer.

Overall, if you follow the above do’s and don’ts thoroughly, the outcomes are likely to be less severe when you are stopped for driving under the influence of alcohol or while intoxicated.