Driving while under the influence of alcohol may put individuals at risk of hurting themselves and others. In addition, those who are observed driving on Michigan roads while impaired may be charged with DUI. While the penalties for a DUI may be significant, it is typically in a person’s best interest to cooperate with the officer who has initiated a traffic stop. Ideally, a driver who believes that he or she is being stopped will pull to the side of the road as quickly as possible.
When the car has come to a stop, it is generally a good idea to turn the engine off and wait for further instructions from the officer. It is important to note that failing to comply with those instructions may result in additional citations or charges. However, individuals are not required to answer questions or otherwise provide information that may incriminate them.
What to avoid doing
For example, it’s generally not a good idea for people to tell an officer that they had a drink or two before driving. In most cases, doing so will only provide probable cause to be taken into custody. Those who are taken into custody are encouraged to remain calm, not say anything and ask to see an attorney as soon as possible.
Individuals who are charged with DUI may not necessarily be guilty of the crime. An attorney may assert that a person was experiencing a medical condition that mimicked the physical effects of alcohol impairment. An attorney may also argue that a person was tricked into consuming alcohol or otherwise had no intent of driving while impaired. This may be enough to have a drunk driving charge dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense.