What to Do if You are Stopped for DUI in Pennsylvania
If you drink and drive, no matter how little alcohol is in your system, there is a real possibility that you could be stopped, arrested, and convicted of drunk driving. You should not assume that because you drink and drive in a responsible manner that you are immune from the consequences of a DUI conviction. It can happen to anyone. If you drink, don’t drive.
However, should you be pulled over for suspicion of DUI, follow these five steps:
1—Be cooperative, calm and courteous
Treat the police officer with respect and common courtesy. Combative behavior when you’re stopped for DUI can only hurt you.
2—Answer questions but do not volunteer any information
Provide your drivers license, registration and insurance information, but do not volunteer any information that can be used against you later.
3—Do not refuse chemical testing
Implied Consent means, by carrying a drivers’ license in Pennsylvania, you give implied permission to submit to a test of your blood alcohol level, and it does not require direct, express, or explicit words of agreement. Refusal to submit to chemical testing, whether by breath, urine or blood will result in the suspension of a driver’s license for 12 months in Pennsylvania whether you are convicted of a DUI or not. It is the officer’s duty when you are stopped for DUI to make you aware of the license suspension if you refuse the test.
Write down as many details as you can remember from your DUI stop, no matter how insignificant, as soon as you can. Do it before memory of the event fades.
- Who was with you?
- Were there any witnesses?
- What were you drinking?
- How much did you have to drink?
- When and where did you have something to drink?
- What did you have to eat and when did you eat it?
- Were you on any medication?
- Where were you pulled over?
- Did the officer give you a reason for pulling you over?
- What were the road conditions?
5—Contact Keith J. Williams Law as soon as possible
Make an appointment for your FREE confidential consultation with experienced DUI attorney, Keith J. Williams who will represent you at your preliminary hearing, analyze your case and provide the strategy for an aggressive DUI defense.