What Should I Do if I’m Pulled Over After Having a Drink?

Following a stressful work week, you may indulge in an alcoholic beverage. If you decide to operate a motor vehicle subsequently, you may panic as the presence of police lights appears in your rearview mirror. In such a situation, it’s crucial to know your rights. You should understand that the police are likely pulling you over because your driving seems erratic; they don’t know if you have been drinking. Therefore, acting calmly and focusing on mitigating the interaction is vital. Please continue reading to learn how you should respond when pulled over after having a drink in New Jersey and why connecting with our trusted Bergen County DUI Attorneys is in your best interest. 

How Should I Respond When Pulled Over by the Police After Drinking?

First, if the police stop you, you should swiftly and safely pull over to a well-lit area. Remember to keep your hands on the wheel and wait for the police officer to approach your window. Hand over your documents when requested. The officer may ask you questions if they suspect you are drinking and driving, such as where you are coming from, who you were with, what you were doing, and where you are headed, and any other questions they feel are appropriate. As mentioned above, it’s essential to know your rights as you are not obligated to answer questions posed by the police. You may respond that you want to remain silent as it is your right under the U.S. Constitution. However, this doesn’t mean you can lie to the officer.

The officer may ask you to leave the vehicle and submit to a field sobriety test. These tests are designed to give police officers probable cause to arrest you. Therefore, you can say you do not wish to perform a field sobriety test. However, there are benefits and drawbacks to doing so.

What If I’m Arrested?

While you can refuse a field sobriety test, it’s important to note that New Jersey’s implied consent law mandates that drivers submit to chemical tests. If you decline this test, you will be charged with refusal. If you have been arrested for driving while under the influence (DUI), avoid answering any questions, as your answers could be used against you. It’s crucial to exercise your right to legal representation.

A conviction for DUI can result in significant consequences, such as jail time, fines, and a loss of driving privileges. We are prepared to defend your rights at The Law Office of Carl Spector. Please don’t hesitate to contact our legal team today to learn how we can assist you during these challenging times.