When being pulled over by police for a suspected DUI, it’s important to know your rights. More often than not, people tend to be very compliant with these types of traffic stops and have been taught over the years to be as cooperative as possible.
What people do not typically know is that being cooperative with all requests from officers can lead to your detriment. Knowing which requests are within your rights to decline and which you legally have to adhere is crucial.
Responding to Questioning
When an officer pulls you over for a suspected DUI, there are several questions the officer(s) will ask you. They will first request your license, registration, and proof of insurance, which you must provide.
If the officer(s) ask if you have been drinking, you have the right to refuse to answer since answering this question can be incriminating. The officer(s) will then ask you to step out of your vehicle and it is within your rights to respectfully decline and remain in your vehicle unless you are placed under arrest. If you are placed under arrest, you must comply.
Field Sobriety Tests
After exiting your vehicle, the officer(s) might ask you to take a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer and in Massachusetts, you have the right to decline this request. These tests can be difficult to complete due to the stress of the situation, even if you have not been consuming alcohol.
If you are placed under arrest for a DUI, you will be asked to submit a breathalyzer or chemical test at the station. You do have a right to refuse these tests but in the state of Massachusetts, if you decide to refuse them, your license may be suspended due to previous arrests or convicted DUIs.
What to Do After a DUI Arrest
After a DUI arrest, the first thing you should do is hire Benjamin Urbelis of Urblis Law, LLC as your DUI attorney. For over ten years, Attorney Benjamin P. Urbelis has been representing clients across Massachusetts and has earned multiple trial advocacy honors.
Do not say anything, sign anything, or make any decisions until your DUI attorney, Benjamin Urbelis, is present. Your DUI attorney will provide representation for both the administrative and criminal components of your DUI charge and will aggressively work to minimize any consequences you are facing.
To schedule your free consultation with Urbleis Law, LLC, call us today at (617) 830-2188.