Being pulled over for driving under the influence is a serious matter that requires careful consideration.
If you ever face such a situation, you should understand how to handle it with caution.
Maintain composure and cooperation
In 2022, the greatest percentage of the 16,213 DUI cases filed in Colorado were for individuals aged 25-34 years, and one in three motor vehicle accident deaths involved an impaired driver. The police take these statistics seriously, so when you notice flashing lights, remain composed. Safely pull over, turn off the engine and keep your hands visible.
Furnish required information
When the officer approaches the vehicle, provide your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. Hand over these documents calmly, without sudden movements or reaching without notification.
Choose your words wisely
Respond to the officer’s questions honestly and concisely. Avoid volunteering unnecessary details, as the officers can use anything you say against you. Refrain from admitting guilt or innocence.
Consider field sobriety tests
If the officer suspects impairment, he or she may request field sobriety tests. While you have the right to refuse, you may experience consequences for doing so, such as license suspension. If you choose to perform the tests, do so to the best of your ability.
Carefully consider breath testing
In many jurisdictions, refusing a breath test can have legal repercussions. Submitting to the test is often in your best interest, as refusal may lead to automatic license suspension and other penalties.
For better results, avoid drinking and driving. Designate a driver or call for a ride if you have imbibed.