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Do you have to talk to police if you get pulled over for DUI?

On Behalf of | May 11, 2021 | DUI

Getting pulled over under the suspicion of driving under the influence can be a scary situation for anybody. You always want to act in a manner that is in your best interest. When it comes to being pulled over in the state of Illinois, there are a few things you should be aware of.

You have to give identification

When you applied to get your driver’s license, you signed an agreement form requiring you to show that form of identification when requested by a police officer during a traffic stop. For this reason, it’s mandatory that you supply the officer with your driver’s license and proof of car insurance. It’s very likely that the police officer will ask you multiple questions. Some of the most common include where you are coming from, where you are going to and whether you have been drinking. You may deny answering any of these questions as you’re not legally obligated to do so.

A look at field sobriety tests

When you’re pulled over for the suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it’s very likely that an officer will request you to perform a field sobriety test or two. Field sobriety tests are evaluations done on the side of the road that help the police officer to identify if you should be charged with a DUI or not. You are under no legal obligation to participate in any of these field sobriety tests. You can simply decline to take them.

Getting pulled over for a DUI is not something anyone wants to go through. Unfortunately, it does happen, and knowing what your rights are when pulled over can help make or break the results of the traffic stop. If you have been charged with DUI, it’s always advisable to seek the help of an attorney.