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What to Do When Stopped by Police for Drunk Driving

Posted on in DUI Defense

Illinois DUI lawyerGoing out to a nice restaurant and sharing a bottle of wine or a few beers with friends can be a fun way to spend an evening. However, to ensure that an individual will return home safely, he or she will need to plan the driving situation ahead of time. Ideally, the person does not drink alcohol before getting behind the wheel, but he or she needs to know how to handle being stopped by a law enforcement officer if found drinking and driving.

Cooperation Is Key to All Potential Consequences

While driving home, it is always nerve-wracking to see red and blue flashing lights in the rearview mirror. The worst way to react is to keep driving. The police will believe that the driver is trying to resist law enforcement. It is always best to slow down and safely pull over as to not obstruct traffic. Other means of proper action include but are certainly not limited to:

  • Staying in the car with both hands visible on the steering wheel until the police makes other instructions;
  • Staying in the car because getting out can be perceived as an attempt to threaten the police; and
  • Adhering to the police officer’s requests, such as providing of driver’s license and proof of car insurance.

What If the Traffic Stop Results in a Ticket or Arrest?

Unfortunately, drinking and driving can result in a ticket or an arrest. If this is the case, there are certain measures of protocol that the driver must adhere to. To be completely cooperative, it is important that he or she does not:

  • Argue the reason about the ticket or arrest;
  • Refuse to sign the ticket, if issued;
  • Be uncooperative with law enforcement; or
  • Resist arrest if taken into custody by the police.

If the driver is issued a ticket by law enforcement, he or she is expected to sign. Signing a ticket indicates that the driver received the ticket and not an admission of guilt. If the driver refuses a breath, urine, blood, or performance test, then he or she could lose driving privileges.

Contact Your Oakbrook Terrace DUI Attorney

Ending a day in jail is never fun. The repercussions following a DUI are life-changing. If you have been charged with a DUI after a happy get-together with family and friends, you are not alone. At McMahon Law Offices, we know how many lives have been negatively affected by drinking and driving, and we help our clients receive the best outcome possible. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, call an experienced DuPage County criminal defense attorney at 630-953-4400 to get the assistance you deserve.




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