Stopped For Suspected DUI/DWI? Here’s What To Do.
Being pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving can be a nerve-wracking experience. While the following tips on what to do if you are stopped cannot be taken as legal advice, they are factors to keep in mind if you have been pulled over.
The most advisable action to take is to contact a DUI/DWI attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Allen E. Schwartz, we offer more than 40 years of experience to people throughout the Knoxville metropolitan area. If you were stopped on suspicion of drunk driving, you need an attorney who can begin building a strong defense on your behalf.
Why Was I Stopped?
Under Tennessee law, a police officer who stops a motorist must have observed the driver committing a traffic offense or driving in a manner that causes him or her to suspect the driver is drunk. For example, based on your driving pattern, you may have been stopped because you were:
- Not wearing a seat belt
- Did not stop at a stop sign
- Ran a red light
- Did not signal a lane change
- Weaving, swerving or drifting in your lane or between lanes
- About to hit something or someone
So What Should You Do If You Are Stopped?
- First, be polite. Speak and act respectfully toward the police officer.
- Second, remember that you do not have to submit to field sobriety tests. You can politely refuse. You should know, however, that refusing to take a test can possibly establish probable cause that you were impaired.
- Third, remember that you have the right to refuse a Breathalyzer test. There are consequences for doing so, but you do have the right to politely refuse.
Contact A Lawyer Today To Discuss Your Concerns
Of course, if you are arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, contact our law office as soon as you can to discuss an effective DUI defense strategy. Your initial consultation is free and confidential. Call 865-622-7736.