We would like to offer some advice on what to do if you are stopped by a law enforcement officer while driving a motor vehicle.
If you are stopped by a law enforcement officer while driving, stop at the closest place where you can park and where it will be safe for the officer to approach your vehicle. Then roll your window down, and put your hands on the steering wheel at the ten and two o’clock positions so the officer can see your hands. This will help the officer see that you are unarmed and do not pose a threat.
You should always be polite and cooperative with law enforcement officers. However, this does not mean that you must consent to a search or perform any roadside field sobriety tests if requested. You also have a right to confer with an attorney even before your rights are read to you.
If you are suspected of impaired driving you may refuse the roadside field sobriety tests, but the refusal may be considered by a judge in a probable cause evaluation, though refusing the roadside tests will not cause a license revocation. However, if you are placed under arrest for impaired driving and asked to submit to a chemical test of your breath or blood and refuse, your license can be revoked for that refusal. The details of the revocations can be complicated. For more information, call us any time.
Do not drive while impaired! It is very dangerous and it is a very serious crime. However, if you are stopped or arrested for impaired driving, you can call Collins Law Firm at (910) 793-9000(910) 793-9000 for legal advice and representation.