DUI is a shortened form for “driving under the influence.” In Florida, a person is liable of this offense if they are driving or in genuine physical control of a vehicle and the individual is affected by alcoholic drinks or controlled substance to the degree that his or her normal faculties are weakened or when the individual has a blood-alcohol level equal to or greater than 0.08%.
In the event that you are pulled over and suspected of driving while under the influence, there are a few tips you should follow during the DUI stop.
- Don’t Panic:
Getting pulled over for any reasons can put anyone on edge but it is important to not panic and try to do proceed in a calm manner. You will be asked for your driver’s license and registration – this is asked during every traffic stop from running a red light to speeding or suspected driving under the influence. It is best to have these documents on hand – it is better to not be seen bumbling for the requested documents. On the off chance that you have been drinking, only answer when you need to and try not to speak directly facing the officer to reduce the likelihood of any alcohol on your breath from being noticed.
- Don’t Talk Too Much:
Answer the officer’s inquiries deliberately and answer sincerely – do not offer more information outside of the scope of their question. Only answer what you have been asked and do not provide any additional details. Also answer truthfully; telling lies to an officer will only work against you.
- Submit To The Field Sobriety Test:
If the officer suspects that you are intoxicated they will invite you to perform a series of sobriety tests. These may include walking in a straight line, standing on one foot, or submitting to a breathalyzer test. Technically, you can deny taking the breathalyzer or other tests; however, doing so can hurt your case when it goes before a judge and it does serve as proper grounds for the officer to place you under arrest.
- Denying a breathalyzer can also result in the loss of your license.
- Regardless of your results, you will remain under arrest (and in jail). Depending on the magistrate and whether this is your first offense or night you may be given a bond or released on your own recognizance and provided a court date.
- Hire A Lawyer:
Don’t risk your future or having a DUI on your criminal and driving record. Hire a knowledgeable and experience attorney to help you navigate your case. Our firm has handled numerous DUI cases and have helped many of our clients receive reduced charges or have their case thrown out. Even though the justice system is innocent until proven guilty, it can feel like a large burden of proof is placed on your shoulders – especially so without a competent attorney on your side.