Pulled Over for DUI? Four Tips to Keep in Mind
Nearly 700 Illinois police departments have been surveyed to determine how many DUI arrests have been made as authorities continue the fight against drunk driving. Will and Grundy counties both rank in the top 10 statewide. So, you can bet law enforcement in these counties will be on the lookout for drunk drivers this holiday season. If you are pulled over for DUI, there are four things you should always remember.
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
Consuming alcohol can impair your ability to drive safely. In Illinois, it is illegal to drive with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 or higher. Alcohol has been known to increase your chances of getting into a car accident. If you are pulled over for DUI, chances are a police officer will want to conduct a chemical test. In the state of Illinois, you can refuse the DUI breath test. However, refusal will trigger an automatic driver’s license suspension. If you are pulled over under suspicion of a DUI, it is important that you understand your rights and the potential legal consequences of your actions.
Top Four Actions to Take If You Are Pulled Over
- Pull Over – Pull over to the side of the road slowly and safely when you hear the police siren. Make sure the area is free from traffic and do not get out of the car.
- Stay Calm – You want to be calm and polite to the police officer. Getting argumentative will only make matters worse. A combative person will likely end up in handcuffs and in the back of a police cruiser for a ride to jail.
- Mums the Word – Do not try to explain your situation by saying more than you should such as how many drinks you had or for how long. Remember, this is information that can be used against you down the line.
- Request an Attorney – Finally, you should always let the police officer know that you would like to speak to an attorney. If you are arrested for DUI you have the right to remain silent and to legal representation. Oftentimes, this will also stop the questioning.
Contact a Will County DUI Lawyer
To avoid the harsh legal consequences of a DUI conviction contact the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba. Our experienced Will County DUI attorney is available to answer any questions. Call 815-740-4025 for a free consultation.