Drinking and driving is never a good idea. Not only are you putting yourself and countless others in serious danger, but doing so can have a far-reaching impact on your career, family life, personal finances and more. Even with that knowledge in mind, there are still times when people make mistakes. If you are pulled over for a DUI in Oklahoma City, there are certain things you should do to give yourself the best chance of minimal damage to your personal and professional life.
Promptly pull over and stay in the vehicle
If your driving is indicative of your intoxication, your decision-making may also be skewed. It’s a good idea to quickly pull your car to the side of the road and remain inside if the police are pulling you over for erratic driving. Trying to outrun the police or jumping out of your car can only lead to more issues, none of which end well.
Act courteously to law enforcement
This one can be difficult, especially if the officer who pulls you over is less than polite when they approach your vehicle. However, your behavior cannot be reliant on theirs. After all, you are the one under suspicion of breaking the law and putting others in danger for driving under the influence. Answer the questions they ask you and maintain a courteous tone when dealing with the officer who pulled you over.
Don’t forget your rights
You are guaranteed the right to avoid self-incrimination by the Fifth Amendment. You do not have to wait until the police tell you that you have “the right to remain silent.” Telling the officer who has pulled you over that you’ve been drinking will only hurt your case. Be mindful of your rights and politely tell him or her that you want legal representation present.
The days, weeks and months after your DUI are incredibly important to your future. You should immediately contact an attorney to represent you in court and negotiate with the prosecution on your behalf.