I’ve Been Stopped For DUI In Florida – What Should I Do Now? (Part A)

If you are stopped under the suspicion of a Florida DUI, you can take steps to protect yourself against serious criminal charges. Here is a list of things to do if you find yourself in this situation. 

Pull your vehicle over steadily, and in a safe location 

It is important to remember that once an officer suspects you of a Florida DUI, they will make observations that may be included in the details of the police report. These observations may have an impact on the outcome of your DUI charges. These observations may be used against you in a criminal trial, as well as in a DMV hearing. This means that an officer will make a mental note of everything he observes when pulling you over. Therefore, how you slow down and pull your vehicle over is going to make an impression.  

Be polite 

Obviously, you want to be respectful of the officer who is threatening to arrest you. If you are rude or belligerent, he is much more likely to charge you with a Florida DUI. If you are asked to step out of your vehicle, do so; otherwise, you may also be suddenly hit with a charge of resisting arrest.  

Don’t answer any incriminating questions, and don’t tell any lies 

When you are pulled over for a Florida DUI, the police officer will expect you to be nervous or distressed. In such a state you are likely to give incriminating information. While you do have to give your name, license and registration information, you do not have to answer any incriminating questions. For instance, if the officer asks if you’ve been drinking, you can simply, and politely, inform him that you choose to remain silent. You should not, however, lie to the police. A lie can be used against you in a formal court of law. 

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