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- A DUI conviction can affect you and your family in many ways, including license suspension, fines, higher insurance rates, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, and jail time.
If I am pulled over for DUI, what should I do when dealing with the officer?
After stopping you for DUI and asking you to exit your vehicle, the officer will undoubtedly ask you several questions and invite you to do some voluntary Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs). The first thing to remember is that both the tests and your responses to the officers questioning are voluntary.
Other than providing the officer with some basic identifying information and your car insurance and registration, you are within your rights to choose not to answer additional questions, including and especially if the officer asks if you have been drinking. Likewise, you do not have to complete any of the roadside FSTs. As the officer will eventually warn you, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. If you choose to invoke these rights, however, remember to be as polite and cooperative as possible and allow the officer to determine how he wishes to proceed.
Even if you choose not to answer any questions or participate in the DUI Field Sobriety Tests, there is a very real possibility that based on his initial observations, the officer will still take you into custody on suspicion of DUI. At this point, you will be read your constitutional rights (if he didn't do this already), transported to a local police station, and asked to submit to a breathalyzer test.
You do have the right to ask to speak with an attorney, and it is strongly recommended that if you ever find yourself this far into an investigation for DUI, you ask to speak with an attorney immediately to discuss all of your rights and how best to proceed with your particular set of facts and circumstances.
Keep in mind when dealing with the officer who arrested you for DUI that as part of the officer's DUI Arrest Report, he or she will record all pre-arrest observations, including whether your attitude was cooperative or not.
The Seattle DUI lawyers at Lovik & Juhl, PLLC are dedicated to helping people facing DUI charges throughout King County, including all King County District Courts and Municipal Courts in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Kent, and all surrounding communities.
For most people charged with a DUI, it is their first contact with the legal system. Once you contact our Seattle DUI lawyers, we will take over your case and begin taking steps to defend you from day one.
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