If you find yourself stopped after suspected driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the following information may help you protect yourself:
Be respectful and calm with the officer. If the officer asks you if you have been drinking alcohol, or are impaired or intoxicated from some other substance, rather than making potentially incriminating statements, invoke your right to legal counsel. RESPECTFULLY state that before you do or say anything, you want to speak to an attorney.
If the officer asks you to exit your vehicle, you should exit the vehicle. Likewise, if the officer asks for your driver’s license or registration, or other identification, you should also provide him or her with the requested documents.
Field sobriety tests (including the Walk and Turn test, the Heel to Toe test, the Finger to Nose test, and the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus or HGN Test) are VOLUNTARY. Rather than consenting to taking any test, invoke your right to legal counsel and respectfully state that before you do or say anything, you want to speak to an attorney. Should the police officer(s) ask you for consent to search your vehicle, politely and respectfully SAY NO. Do not give your consent to any searches. Chemical tests (including breathalyzer, blood and urine tests) are VOLUNTARY. Again, invoke your right to legal counsel and respectfully state that before you do or say anything, you want to speak to an attorney. The police officer will most likely tell you that refusing the chemical test automatically results in a 1-year driver’s license suspension. The warning may be worded in such a way that you may think you have to submit to the chemical testing. However, it is important to know that if your driver’s license is suspended due to a refusal to submit to a chemical test, that suspension can be appealed. If in doubt, respectfully and calmly state that prior to making any statements or decisions, you want to speak to your Dayton DUI attorney .
Stay safe and if in doubt about your ability to drive, call a taxi or friend to take you home.
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