12.26.2013

What to Do When You Get Pulled Over for Drunk Driving

Written by: The Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata

In Las Vegas, you aren’t able to refuse a sobriety or chemical test if you’re pulled over for drunk driving. In addition to this, you don’t need to be driving erratically or unsafely for an officer to pull you over and check for sobriety. That means that you should be sober before driving, or have a designated driver.

If you are pulled over for drunk driving, however, there are some things you can do to make getting arrested for a DUI a smoother experience. The first thing you need to do is to be polite, since the officer that arrested you will also be a witness in your court case. The second thing you need to do is accept the sobriety test that the officer administers. Fighting with the officer will not get you anywhere, because they have the right to use force, if necessary, and, if you resist, you only look belligerent and prove consciousness of guilt, which will make getting a reduced sentence harder to do.

Also, you should immediately contact an experienced Las Vegas DUI Lawyer to help defend your case. If you have behaved politely with the arresting officer, and if you were cooperative, your lawyer can use this to your advantage. However, if you are rude and resist sobriety testing to the point where the officer needs to use force, even a skilled defense lawyer will have a difficult time convincing a judge that your charges should be reduced.

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