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Friday, August 22, 2014

Pulled Over for DUI in Schaumburg?

Labor Day is right around the corner, and as summer starts winding down, we all want to have a great barbecue and spend one last weekend having fun. As a Schaumburg DUI lawyer, I’m curious: would you be surprised if police set up DUI checkpoints in Schaumberg over the long weekend? They’ve done it before. In other parts of the country, police set up “No-Refusal” DUI checkpoints over the 4th of July weekend, so it’s reasonable to believe that it could happen here.

The bottom line: if you’re drinking this Labor Day weekend, don’t get behind the wheel. It’s not just that you could be pulled over – you and I both know that there’s more to it than that.

That said, if you are pulled over for drunk driving in Schaumburg, on Labor Day or any other day, here’s what you need to do.

Pulled Over for DUI in Schaumburg

Police may pull you over and request that you participate in a sobriety test. You could also be arrested, taken to jail and formally charged with driving under the influence.

If any of this happens, remember that you have the right to remain silent. You don’t have to explain anything to police without your Schaumburg DUI lawyer present; all you need to do is politely request to call your attorney.

Schaumburg Police Checks: What They’re Looking For

When police pull you over, even if you don’t appear to be intoxicated or operating under the influence, they’re watching for signs that you may have had a few drinks. You could be pulled over for failing to use a turn signal, for having something dangling from your rearview mirror or for just about any other minor reason… and police officers are trained to look you in the eye while they ask you questions and evaluate whether you may have been drinking.

Your lawyer can help determine whether anything the police did was illegal or violated your rights and will build a solid defense for you. Naturally, the best way to avoid a DUI charge in Schaumburg is not to drink before you drive – but if you do get pulled over after having a few, it’s important that you talk to an experienced, talented lawyer right away.

 


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