Being pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving can be a frightening and confusing experience. The experienced DUI attorneys at the Gordon Law Firm PC know how distressing it can be to face a DUI charge, and we are committed to helping you through every stage of your legal process.
If you’ve been pulled over by a police officer, take a breath, gain your composure, and consider these five steps:
1 Pull Over and Remain In Your Vehicle
If you see a police officer flash his or her lights, move to the side of the road as soon as you safely can. Once you’ve come to a complete stop, turn off your car, place your hands on the steering wheel, and remove any hood, hat, or sunglasses you may be wearing. Never get out of your car during a police stop unless you are specifically instructed to do so by an officer.
2 Be Courteous to the Police
Running, using force, cursing, threatening, misbehaving, and disobeying orders can all make your bad situation much, much worse. Being pulled over for a DUI is nerve-racking, especially if you know you have been drinking, but acting out will only damage your case and further jeopardize your future.
3 Remember That You Have the Right to Remain Silent
While you should always be polite and respectful toward the police, that doesn’t mean you need to incriminate yourself. The 5th Amendment gives you the right to remain silent. This includes keeping your mouth shut about anything that may incriminate you in the future.
4 Know that Speaking Candidly Probably Won’t Help You
Telling a seasoned police officer that you’ve only had one drink isn’t likely to convince him or her of your sobriety. Comply with the officer’s questions, but do not offer extra information about how many drinks you consumed, who you were with, or where you came from.
5 Stay Calm During Your Arrest
If you’ve been drinking, following all of these steps won’t prevent you from getting arrested and facing consequences for impaired driving. However, staying calm is an absolute must. Respectfully request legal representation and remember: anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of law.
Call Our Virginia DUI Lawyers Today
If you’ve been pulled over and are facing a DUI charge in Virginia, call the Gordon Law Firm, PC at 703-218-8416 today to discuss your case for free with our experienced DUI lawyer. We serve clients in Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Arlington County, and Prince William County in Virginia.