Tensions run high when you get pulled over. Your mind races and your heart pounds. Getting pulled over after you’ve had a few beers can be even more stressful. The officer pulling you over will also likely be on edge, as they cannot be certain of how the situation is going to develop. Let’s walk through what you should do when you get pulled over by a police officer in specialized DUI circumstances.
What Should You Do When You Get Pulled Over?
When you see the blue and red lights come on behind you, the first thing you need to do is slow down. Then, you need to find a safe place to pull over and stop the vehicle. Once you pull the car over in a safe location, you should turn the car off, turn off any music that might be playing, and roll down your window. It is also advisable to place your hands on the steering wheel where the officer can see them so that they don’t have to worry about you having a concealed weapon.
Remember, tensions are running high on both ends, so don’t give the officer any reason to doubt your intentions. Once the officer approaches your vehicle, remain calm, and follow the instructions of the officer. Avoid falling prey to leading questions like, “Do you know why I pulled you over?” and other traps to force you into admitting guilt. If the officer asks you to step out of the vehicle, do so, but remain as calm and collected as possible.
Should You Refuse the Breathalyzer?
If the police officer suspects that you may be intoxicated, then you may be asked to take the breathalyzer test on the road. You can refuse the test, but you really shouldn’t, even if you think you will fail. Refusing the test will likely result in a 270-day suspension of your license, and that’s only for a 1st offense. Any offense after that would lead to a 2-year suspension. These penalties are more serious than failing the test. So, all in all, you should not refuse the breathalyzer.
But Now They Have Evidence Against Me!
The state of Maryland will have evidence that you failed the breathalyzer test, but that does not necessarily mean that you will automatically be convicted of a DUI. The important thing to know is that refusal of the test will reflect poorly on your case. So, take the test, and get on the phone with a Maryland DUI lawyer as soon as you can to ensure that your rights are protected.
Call on Ross W. Albers for DUI Charges in Maryland
If you’ve been charged with a DUI in the state of Maryland, you can call on a trusted lawyer with expertise in DUI cases. The Law Office of Ross W. Albers can help you overcome these charges and keep your life on track. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you and to set up a free consultation.