There are many Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to a DUI stop. Outlined below are the best and worst practices of a DUI stop. Follow these guidelines if you’re ever pulled over for drinking and driving in Illinois.
What to Do:
It is always a good idea to keep your driver’s license and proof of insurance with you while driving. In fact, it’s the law. When you’re pulled over, the officer will undoubtedly ask for these. Have them out and ready before the officer approaches your vehicle. This will demonstrate that you’re of sound mind and will prevent the officer from observing you fumble around in the glove compartment.
Insist upon your right to speak with an attorney before answering any questions, taking any tests, or signing any documents.
You have the right to remain silent. You do not have to answer any of the officer’s questions regarding how much you’ve had to drink or where you’ve been. Provide the officer with the necessary identification information, then stop talking. Invoke your right to remain silent and calmly inform the officer that you do not wish to answer any questions.
Always heed the officer’s reasonable orders. Do not resist or talk back to the officer. Be courteous and calm. Cooperate with the booking process.
What Not to Do:
Do not speak to anyone regarding the facts of your case without first consulting a criminal defense lawyer. Do not assist the police in their investigation of you.
Do not submit to any Field Sobriety Tests. You are not legally obligated to take them. They only serve as further proof for the officer to arrest you.
Do not appear in a line-up, submit to a polygraph test, or give any handwriting, hair, or fluid samples without first speaking with an attorney.
In general, these are the two best rules of thumb if pulled over for a DWI: Keep your mouth shut and insist on speaking with a criminal defense attorney.