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Do's and Dont's During a Traffic Stop (Investigation of DUI)

Posted by Nathan Webb | Mar 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Do's and Don'ts on a DUI traffic stop

Do's

  1. Stop immediately when you see emergency lights behind you.
  2. Collect and be ready to provide the officer with your car registration, your license, and your proof of insurance.
  3. Be very polite, respectful, and cooperative with the officer.
  4. Very politely refuse to answer any questions about what you have drank before your drove.
  5. Comply with the officer's request to step out of the car if asked.
  6. If you are under arrest for a DUI, politely tell the officer you will not be answering any of his questions and you want to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.

Don'ts

  1. Do not give the officer any documents that he did not ask for. They can use that against you as a sign of impairment.
  2. Try not to show nervousness or anxiety. They can construe nervousness as a sign of impairment.
  3. Do not be aggressive or argumentative with the officer.
  4. Do not argue about the reason for the stop.
  5. Do not admit to anything you drank before your drove.
  6. Do not agree to partake in field sobriety tests. Politely and respectfully refuse.
  7. Do not submit to a Portable Breath Test.
  8. Do not resist arrest.

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Nathan "Nate" Webb has been repeatedly recognized by Washington Law and Politics Magazine as a Super Lawyer Rising Star, named one of Seattle's Top Attorneys by Seattle Met Magazine and is rated Superb (perfect 10 out of 10) by Avvo.com.

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