DUI/DWI: What to do if you are pulled over

July 18, 2022  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

Summertime is here and that means warm weather fun like going to the lake, cookouts, birthday parties, or even a Twins game. It can also mean overindulging when it comes to alcohol. If you do find yourself driving while intoxicated and end up getting stopped by the police, continue reading our blog here for information on DWIs and what you should do when pulled over.

First thing’s first

We first want to acknowledge that you should not be drinking and driving or taking any substances that will affect your motor skills, as it is against the law and should be avoided at all costs. A charge for a DUI or DWI in Minnesota is not taken lightly and you could potentially face jail time, large fines, and license revocation. More importantly, you keep everyone that shares the roads with you safe and unharmed. So please make sure that you have a designated driver or use a driving service to get you to your destination.

Pull over and remain calm

When you are first pulled over by an officer, you need to remain calm. We understand this can be a stressful moment, but it is important to stay levelheaded during this situation. When the officer approaches your car, have your ID, registration and insurance already prepared. This will eliminate the officer from watching you gather the information needed and pre-judge if you are intoxicated or not. Also remember to be polite to the officer. If the officer comes off as being verbally abusive to you, you should make a note of it. Do not engage in anything that could make the situation worse than what it is.

Do not admit to anything

An important thing to know is that you do not have to answer any further questions from the officer. If an officer asks why you were pulled over, where you were headed, any question really, just state that you would like to talk to an attorney before answering any further questions. Even if the officer asks, “Have you been drinking?”, do not respond to the question. If you respond to this question, it may hurt you in a court hearing, because your answer can be used in court against you.

Field sobriety tests and breath tests

When pulled over, a police officer may ask you to step out of the car. This is because they want to pat you down for their safety. You should comply with this and do not say anything. During this process, the officer will ask you to take a field sobriety test, you don’t have to take those tests but you will likely get arrested if you don’t. This is another tactic that can be used against you in court, so you should politely tell the officer no.

When arrested

If the police officers arrest you and places you into their car, do not do anything or say anything. This is a situation where you need to remain calm and not say a word. When you are being interrogated by an officer, politely ask for an attorney. You are exercising your rights as a citizen.

Contact Barna, Guzy & Steffen

Driving under the influence is a serious criminal charge that could have major impacts on your life. To protect your legal rights, you contact an attorney at Barna, Guzy & Steffen. Our defense team will take the time to learn your case and fight for your rights.

Contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation.