By Joseph P. St. Louis
When people learn that I have been defending people accused of Driving
Under the Influence (DUI) for 30 years, everyone has one question. Family
members, friends, people I meet at cocktail parties, and parents of students
from my sons' school all want to know the same thing: What should
I do if I get pulled over after I have had a drink or two? They ask this
because we all know that when an officer pulls you over after you have
consumed alcohol, there is at least a chance that you will end up being
arrested for DUI, and everyone wants to do whatever they can to prevent
that from happening.
If you find yourself pulled over on the side of the road after having some beers at a football game or some wine with dinner, it is in your best interest to do everything you can to demonstrate that you are not violating the law - to show that that you are aware, coherent and sober. Of course, when you are being investigated by the police what you don't do - the actions you need to avoid taking - is just as important as what you do - the actions you need to take. Set out below are my top 10 do's and don'ts when you are stopped by the police and investigated for DUI.