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If you are pulled over for suspicion of DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated), you have rights.

If You are Stopped

YES: 

  • Pull your vehicle over to the side of the road in an appropriate place to stop.
  • Provide the officer with your license and registration.
  • Cooperate with the office if he/she asks you to exit the vehicle to get away from the road and/or traffic.

NO:

  • You are not required to perform any pre-exit tests (ABCs, count backwards, touching finger to nose, etc.).
  • Do not consent to anything.
  • Do not blow into anything, answer any questions, or perform any field sobriety tests.

Refuse to take Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) designed these tests and they are commonly used to gather evidence of a crime.

There are 3 standardized tests:

  • The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test (this is an eye test, often referred to as HGN).
  • The Walk and Turn (heel-to-toe)
  • The One Leg Stand test

Any other non-standardized tests that police sometimes offer (finger-to-nose, sway test, etc.) should also be refused.

Do Not Consent to Search

Do not give consent to a search of anything! This includes:

  • Your person
  • Your house
  • Your car

If a police officer searches your person or property regardless of your consents, do not try to stop them. Just continue to make it crystal clear that you are not consenting.

Refuse a Portable Breathalyzer (PBT)

If you are asked to blow into a portable alcohol screening device – Refuse! Refusing this test could become the difference between guilty and not guilty for you.