This is obvious, but it must be said that the safest and best way to deal with suspected drunk driving and being stopped by the police is to have zero alcohol in the blood. In other words, don’t drink in any way anytime before driving.
In the real world, normal people sometimes drive after drinking moderately in a responsible manner. However, even if you only drink one or two glasses of wine, you can still charge DUI. If you are stopped due to suspected DUI, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of being charged or convicted of this serious crime.
Police have Stopped you. Now What
Maybe you have burned out the taillights, or you have turned a corner to avoid animals on the road. For whatever reason, the police have found an excuse to stop you. What are you doing right now?
Prepare to be Stopped
First, you need to be prepared. Always have every one of your vehicle documents arranged and in a quickly available place. You don’t want to look around for files in the glove box or try to sort old files from current files while police officers are waiting. This might irritate the officer and may be interpreted as an indication of impairment.
Stay Clear Of Causing Alarm
For police officers in Canada, parking at regular traffic stops can be dangerous. Don’t cause an alarm. Turn on the interior lights, scroll down the windows, and place your hands on the steering wheel where you can see them. Police officers will feel safer and will be less likely to treat you radically.
Be Courteous But Make No Admissions
The law enforcement agencies will likely ask you if you have taken in any alcohol. If you admit to having also had one beverage, he or she now has all the reasons required to carry out a blood alcohol examination. Just return the question with one of your own. You might ask why she or he is asking you this question or if the officer would love to see your records. Be courteous.
Remember, you don’t need to provide any other information other than what is shown on the driver’s license. Don’t get caught up in conversations about places you’ve been or what you’re doing.
Do Not Perform Roadside Tests
If the police officer asks you to get out of the car, you must do so, but you do not have to perform any “fullness” tests, such as walking in a straight line or touching your nose with both hands. If you fail one of these tests, and because the police officer is a judge, you will pass the test, then you will need a chemical blood alcohol test.
The Bottom Line, Avoid the BAC
In most states, there are severe penalties for refusing a chemical blood alcohol test. The police must have “reasonable suspicion” that you are impaired before they can ask you to submit to a BAC test. If the police ask you to do a BAC test without that reasonable suspicion, you will undoubtedly have a strong defence, and your DUI lawyer can utilize it if the case goes to court.
Aggressiveness on your component, the innocent questions police might ask, and physical roadside soberness tests can all give the police officers the excuse required to execute a BAC. Do not provide them with a reason.