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What are your rights if you’re pulled over for a DUI?

| May 18, 2021 

As a Washington resident, you have various rights in regards to speaking with law enforcement. Many people tend to have questions about what their rights are when it comes to being pulled over. If you’re pulled over for the suspicion of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, here are some rights that you’ll want to know that you have.

You don’t have to answer their questions

It’s very common for police officers to ask various questions when they’re pulling a person over for a DUI. Some of the most common include where you were coming from and where you were headed. You are under no legal obligation to answer the officer’s questions. Rather, you can simply state that you do not want to answer questions without your lawyer present.

You do not have to take field sobriety tests

Most people are familiar with field sobriety tests like the walk-and-turn or say the alphabet backward. These types of tests are utilized to help an officer verify that a person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. You are under no legal obligation to participate in any of these tests. In fact, you may want to avoid taking these tests as they can be utilized against you in court ater on. You could just tell the officer that you do not want to participate in any of these field sobriety tests in a polite manner.

While getting pulled over by the police can seem like an extremely scary experience, it doesn’t have to be. It is a good idea to understand what your rights are in regards to dealing with law enforcement after being pulled over. This will allow you to better interact with them in a way that is in your best interest.

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