8 Rules If You Are Pulled Over At Night

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Every year tens of thousands of people are stopped by police and questioned about whether they might be under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering substances. If you are pulled over late at night, the police will automatically ask if you have had anything to drink. If you are pulled over, here are 8 things you should do to protect yourself:  Use your turn signal and slowly pull over to the side of the road where it will be safe for you and the police officer. It is best to pull over under lights for everyone’s safety.

1. Use your turn signal and slowly pull over to the side of the road where it will be safe for you and the police officer. It is best to pull over under lights for everyone’s safety.

2. Stay in the car with it turned off and place your hands at the top of the steering wheel where they are visible to the police officer. Wait for the police officer to approach your motor vehicle. Do not attempt to leave your car or reach for your glove box, center console, or under your seal.

3. Be respectful to the police and act politely. Do not act as though you have anything to hide. Give a polite greeting to the officer when you open the window and follow directions.

4. When asked, provide your driver’s license, registration, and insurance card to the police officer. Remember, the police officer is watching you as you reach for these items. Be calm and remain polite.

5. If the police officer asks you if you have been drinking or have had anything to drink, simply tell the police officer that you are claiming your Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate yourself. You always have the right to refrain from answering any questions that the police officer asks you. Do not discuss where you were, what you did, who you were with.

6. Refuse to take any field sobriety tests. In these tests, police officers will ask you to walk heel to toe, to put your finger to your nose, or one of many other possible tasks. These tests are not an accurate measure of your sobriety, as they can be failed due to time of day, alertness, poor balance, health issues, and more. Always politely decline to take the test.

7. If the police officer asks you to take a chemical test, in which a device is used to determine your blood alcohol contents, be advised that in Tennessee you do not have the right to refuse. When you applied for your driver’s license, you give consent to a breathalyzer and other chemical testing. If you refuse, you could lose your driver’s license for a year (for the first refusal).

8. If you have been arrested for a DWI/DUI it is very important to choose a lawyer with the skills and experience necessary to protect and defend you. Daniel Lenagar and Stephen Barnes have proven that they can defend your rights and freedom.