Any traffic stop can be unnerving, but if an officer suspects you are driving under the influence, you may feel especially flustered. It can help you to learn what to expect should this happen to you.
The Illinois Secretary of State explains all DUI stops should follow a general pattern, which begins with the typical situation of the officer asking you for your license, registration and proof of insurance. From there, a DUI stop will differ from a regular traffic stop.
Once the officer assesses the situation and determines that you may be under the influence of a substance, he or she will administer field sobriety tests. The officer will explain how to do each test and use his or her observations to determine if you fail or pass.
If the officer believes that you failed the tests, he or she will place you under arrest and ask you to take a blood alcohol content breath test. The test will help determine administrative actions against your license. If you fail or refuse to take the test, you will have an automatic suspension. The officer will arrange for a tow truck to impound your vehicle unless there is another option for removing it from the scene before taking you to jail.
You are now in the system and the court will handle the rest of the DUI process. You will have to go before a judge to get bail, which will allow you out of jail until you have your hearing.
It is in court where you have the chance to plead your case and offer proof of you were not driving under the influence. You should not try to argue with officers as once you are under arrest, they cannot do anything to change the situation.