If you get pulled over for a suspected DUI in Illinois, you may feel like there is no way out of the situation. However, there are actions you can take that may reduce your penalties or get the prosecution’s case dismissed altogether. Here’s what to do if you get pulled over for a suspected DUI.
What to do if you get pulled over for a suspected DUI
If you see the police lights flashing in your rearview mirror, pull over immediately. Don’t attempt to flee as you may be charged with resisting arrest. Move your vehicle so that you are on the side of the road, and be polite when speaking with the officer. Officers are more likely to arrest an individual who’s rude or combative.
Provide the requested documentation, like your driver’s license and vehicle registration. However, politely decline to answer any additional questions. If you say something that incriminates you, it may be used against you in court. You can also decline to take any sobriety tests. The police may suspend your license, but if they try to charge you with a DUI, they won’t have any data to back up the claim in court.
Once you are taken to the police station, you’re required by law to take a Breathalyzer test. However, a good attorney may be able to challenge the results in court. Be polite and cooperative throughout this process. Once you get out of jail, go home, and record everything you can remember. Your attorney may be able to use this information in court.
How an attorney can help you in court
A lawyer may help you defend yourself against a DWI or DUI charge in court. An attorney may evaluate the prosecution’s case and determine whether the prosecution acted lawfully. He or she also may be able to get the case dismissed.