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7 Steps When Stopped for DUI

Posted by Jonathan Warshaw | Jul 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you are driving through Gilbert, Chandler or anywhere in the Phoenix Metro Area, and you suddenly see police lights in your rear view mirror, you may immediately tense up. This is the reaction most people have when they realize the police have singled them out to be pulled over. Even if you had one drink with dinner more than an hour ago, you may be nervous that the police may try and arrest you for driving under the influence. Stay calm, and take the following measures to best protect yourself and your rights.

  1. Pull over immediately. Signal your intent to pull over, and do so in a safe place out of the lanes of traffic. After you have stopped, remain in your vehicle with your hands in plain view.
  2. Roll down your window just a crack. Roll the window down just enough to pass the officer your driver's license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration.
  3. The officer may ask you if you have been drinking. This is an attempt to collect evidence which can be used against you to justify an arrest. You do not have to answer. Politely decline to answer whether you've been drinking, and inform the officer that you request a private call with your attorney.
  4. The police officer may ask you to take a field breathalyzer test, to justify an arrest. Again, politely decline to take a breathalyzer test, and request a private call with your lawyer.
  5. The police officer may ask you to take a variety of field sobriety tests. Once again, politely decline to do field sobriety tests, and request a private call with your lawyer, and call me, Jonathan Warshaw at (480) 787-0014.
  6. If you are placed under arrest for driving under the influence, you will be asked to take a breath test or blood test. Unlike the field breathalyzer, do not refuse this chemical test because doing so will result in an automatic one-year loss of your driver's licence.
  7. If you are arrested, everything will happen very quickly. You should do your best to make sure to vividlyremember all the facts in your arrest. This includes recalling what the officer said to you, what you said, and what happened. This information can be vital when it comes to getting your case dismissed or fighting your case in court.

Taking these steps can give you the best chance for fighting your DUI case. I know because I am a former police officer who has conducted hundreds of police stops for a suspected DUI. I have also been in charge of hundreds of DUI cases as a former prosecutor. Now, I'm putting my unique knowledge and experience to work for you, in defending your DUI case.

I offer a FREE no-obligation initial consultation. During your consultation we can talk about the specifics of your case, and explore all your options. I will answer all your questions, and address all your concerns so you'll feel confident that you will have the best legal defense on your side, fighting for your rights. Call my office today. (480) 787-0014

About the Author

Jonathan Warshaw

I am a former police officer with the Mesa Police Department and was involved in arresting hundreds of people for DUIs and other criminal offenses. Now, I can use that experience to help you. I understand how police officers think, what they do in the field, and what kinds of information gets left out of a police report. As a Gilbert criminal defense attorney, I work to investigate your case, analyze the evidence, and interview the police to find everything possible to win your case.


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