After a late night out on the town, you get into your car, looking forward to a warm shower and a good night’s sleep. Suddenly, you see the red and blue lights behind you and the dreaded sound of a police car siren. You should pull over immediately while observing the appropriate traffic laws. Signal your light and pull over to the right side of the road.
The police officer may be pulling you over because of minor violations, such as speeding and expired plates. However, if they stop you because they suspect you have been drinking, you must know how to protect yourself. Driving under the influence (DUI) can lead to serious consequences and incarceration.
Cooperate with the police officer
The first thing a police officer might ask you to do is to provide your license, auto insurance information and registration, which you should follow. While reaching for the requirements, keep your hands where the officer can see them. It would be best not to provoke the officer, so do not use profanity or behave angrily. Be polite when talking to the officer.
Invoke your right to remain silent
You do not have to answer compromising questions but must never lie to an officer. If they ask if you have been drinking, you can say you are uncomfortable answering questions that can lead to self-incrimination unless you have a lawyer present. The officer can use anything you say against you in court.
Understand Indiana’s implied consent laws
If you have a driver’s license in a state that operates under implied consent laws, you automatically consent to blood alcohol content (BAC) testing. You risk license suspension by refusing to take the test.
Police officers need to adhere to protocol whenever conducting traffic stops, administering chemical tests, performing field sobriety tests and making arrests. By being respectful and behaving rationally, you put yourself in a better position to defend yourself when the officer decides to charge you for operating while intoxicated.