As adults, we know that the responsible thing to do if we've been drinking is to have a designated driver get us safely home. But if you find yourself pulled over and being accused of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), what should you do?
Once you see the red and blue lights of a police vehicle, respond by pulling your car over as soon as you safely can. Keep your driver's license in an easy-to-reach place; it's usually the first piece of information an officer will ask to see.
It's easy to get upset or angry when you're in this situation, especially if you think you've done nothing wrong. But keep in mind that a little courtesy can go a long way, not to mention it can save you from additional charges like resisting arrest.
Know Your Rights
As always, you have the right to remain silent. You also have the right to refuse to take field sobriety tests, as well as roadside breath tests, though there may be repercussions. In many states, you can have your license automatically suspended if you refuse these tests.
Are you in a no-refusal jurisdiction?
If you live in an area operating a no refusal campaign, it can get a little trickier. No refusal jurisdiction generally allows police officers to obtain a warrant to draw a blood sample from drunk-driving suspects who refuse to submit a breathalyzer test.
If you're arrested...
In the event you're arrested, write down everything you remember about the arrest and the events leading up to it as soon as you're released. It's also wise to contact a DUI/DWI attorney as soon as possible to get started on your case.