When a police officer pulls you over (whether for suspected DUI, speeding, or another charge), it’s important to be aware of your rights so you can act accordingly. In this article, we are going to talk about the steps you should take if you’re ever pulled over by a police officer in Illinois.
5 Steps to Take
Here are five simple steps to take when an officer pulls you over:
- Don’t Panic. Even though you may be freaking out on the inside, maintain a calm demeanor. Take deep breaths and relax as much as possible.
- Be Polite. Be courteous to the officer and follow their basic instructions. Show them your license and registration when asked and keep your hands on the wheel at all times.
- Keep Your Mouth Shut. Other than your basic identifying information, you are not required to answer any questions that the officer asks you. After you have provided your basic information, do not answer any of the officer’s questions and don’t try to “talk your way out” of the situation.
- Don’t Perform Any Field Sobriety Tests. These tests are also not mandatory and are only used to gather evidence against you. Politely decline to perform these tests and ask to speak with a lawyer.
- Call a DUI Lawyer. As soon as possible, contact a DUI lawyer to discuss your options for defense.
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