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What happens during a DUI traffic stop?

| Jan 30, 2017 | drunk driving

There is no shortage of hot spots where you can have a good time in Shreveport and throughout Louisiana. Because of this, anyone can get caught up in a party atmosphere and have too many drinks before getting behind the wheel. And if you should be on the road and give the police reason to suspect that you are impaired, there is a good chance that you will be pulled over.

So what should you do if you find yourself being signaled by the police to stop your vehicle? Well, first you need to carefully and slowly get your car to the side of the road and kill the engine. If it’s night time, you may want to turn on your dome light so you can get your registration and drivers license ready. Also, by having the dome light on, the officer may be less inclined to shine a flashlight in your eyes.

If the officer doesn’t let you know why you were stopped then go ahead and ask. Typically, the officer will want to see your registration and license so he or she can check to see if you have any prior offenses or warrants out for your arrest.

If the officer wants you to get out of the car, it could be an attempt to find more evidence. At this point, you should ask if you are being placed under arrest. If the officer suspects you are under the influence you will probably be asked to take a field sobriety test. You do have the option of refusing the test but doing so could lead to the suspension of your license.

If the officer chooses to arrest you for DUI, he or she must inform you of your rights, which include the right to remain silent as well as the right to have legal representation. And because a DUI conviction comes with such serious consequences in Louisiana, it could be very advantageous to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The attorney could act on your behalf to get you your best possible outcome.