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What Should You Do If You're Pulled Over and You Have Been Drinking?

Getting pulled over after having a few drinks can be a frightening and frustrating experience. An OUI conviction can result in time spent in jail, costly fines, lengthy license suspension, and a permanent mark on your criminal record.

However, there are several ways you can avoid facing the maximum punishment for the crime. Hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer can increase your chances of getting your charges reduced or even your entire case dismissed.

The following are helpful tips for you should do if you get pulled over after you have been drinking:

  • Act polite. Have your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance readily available for inspection and cooperate with the police officer’s commands.
  • Do not answer any question that may incriminate you. If you are asked “Have you been drinking?” you may reply by saying “No,” if you believe that your BAC is not at 0.08%. If you are not sure if your BAC is over the legal limit, you could say “I’ve been advised by my lawyer not to answer that question without their presence.”
  • Avoid taking a field sobriety test. These tests are not a proper way of determining if someone is under the influence of alcohol. Rather, they are designed to help law enforcement establish probable cause and gather further evidence of your intoxication.
  • Get contact information from witnesses. Whether it is a passenger in your case, the last person you spoke with prior to your arrest, or a passerby on the street, ask if they are willing to testify on your behalf in your case and exchange contact information.
  • Write everything down. If you are arrested and charged with an OUI, write down all of the details surrounding your arrest. Court cases are won and lost based on minor details.

Schedule a free case evaluation with our Quincy criminal defense lawyer at Flanagan & Associates today.