I Have Been Pulled Over for DUI – What Happens Next?
It is not uncommon for drivers in Kentucky to be pulled over by police officers from time to time – mostly on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, most people have no idea what to do – and what not to do – in such a scenario. As a result, they often end up worsening the situation by saying and doing things that are ill-advised.
In this article, we will discuss the steps you should take and what you should avoid in case you are pulled over by a Kentucky police officer for drunk driving:
What You Should Do
- Turn off the ignition, lower the window all the way down, and stay in your vehicle until the officer approaches you. If the officer asks you for license and registration, which they will, hand over the documents calmly.
- Try to be as relaxed as possible. Remember, at this point, the officer merely suspects you of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They do not have any proof whatsoever. So, they will be looking for signs that can confirm their suspicion. If you look nervous and flushed, they might think that you are indeed drunk.
- Be polite while interacting with the officer. It is never a good idea to raise your voice or argue with a police officer, even if you have not done anything wrong. It does not, at the same time, mean that you should let them walk all over you. You can, for instance, refuse to tell the officer where you are coming from, where you are going, or how many drinks you have had, as long as you do so in a respectful manner.
- Tell the officer that you would like to talk to your lawyer. Under Kentucky law, you are allowed to talk to your attorney – for a minimum of 10 minutes and a maximum of 15 minutes. So, contact an experienced Kentucky DUI lawyer and explain your situation to them.
What You Should Not Do
- Do not keep your engine running after pulling over. It can cause the officer to believe that you might attempt to flee.
- Do not rummage through the glove compartment, your bag, or your pocket for your license and registration. The officer might suspect that you are looking for a weapon. Hand over the documents only if the officer asks you to do so.
- Do not talk to the officer or respond to their questions. Remember – every question posed by an officer in this situation is a trap. If you stutter, talk too fast, mispronounce your words, talk too loud, or struggle to come up with an answer to their questions – either due to a physical disability or simply because you are nervous – the officer might think that it is a sign of intoxication. Moreover, you are not required by law to answer a police officer’s questions. So, simply tell them that you can answer their questions only in the presence of your lawyer.
- Do not take any sobriety test. This includes walking in a straight line, standing on one leg, reciting the alphabets, counting backwards, following the officer’s pen with your eyes, and touching your nose using your index finger with your eyes closed. You are not required by law to complete any of these tests, even if the officer tells you otherwise.
- Do not consent to a preliminary breath test (PBT) if asked to do so after being pulled over. Again, it is not mandatory for you to take this test. If you take the test and if it shows that you are over the legal limit, your chances of getting convicted will increase. So, refuse to take the test and tell the officer that you want to talk to your lawyer.
- Do not enter a guilty plea, no matter what the officer or the prosecutor tells you. Let your attorney review your case, find out what you have been charged with, and determine the right course of action. Remember – in these situations, your attorney is the only person who is looking out for your rights and interests.
DUI Defense Lawyers in Kentucky
If you or any of your family members have been arrested for drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs, get in touch with Ron Aslam Law Office right away. With over a decade of experience in defending the rights of Kentucky residents, Ron Aslam can provide the aggressive representation you need to help you get out of your legal predicament.
Contact the DUI defense attorneys of Ron Aslam Law Office at 502-581-1676 or message us online for a free consultation.