Do's and Don'ts on a DUI traffic stop
- Stop immediately when you see emergency lights behind you.
- Collect and be ready to provide the officer with your car registration, your license, and your proof of insurance.
- Be very polite, respectful, and cooperative with the officer.
- Very politely refuse to answer any questions about what you have drank before your drove.
- Comply with the officer's request to step out of the car if asked.
- 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.
- Do not give the officer any documents that he did not ask for. They can use that against you as a sign of impairment.
- Try not to show nervousness or anxiety. They can construe nervousness as a sign of impairment.
- Do not be aggressive or argumentative with the officer.
- Do not argue about the reason for the stop.
- Do not admit to anything you drank before your drove.
- Do not agree to partake in field sobriety tests. Politely and respectfully refuse.
- Do not submit to a Portable Breath Test.
- Do not resist arrest.