If you’re pulled over because a police officer suspects you’ve been drinking and driving – or that you’re on illicit drugs – there are some things you can do to preserve your rights.
What to Do if You’re Pulled Over for DUI in Illinois
When the police pull you over, you should be cooperative – even if you don’t want to be. Listen to what the officer is telling you and be respectful.
Do You Have to Take a Field Sobriety Test?
In many cases, when police suspect that you’ve been drinking or that you’re under the influence of drugs, they’ll ask you to take a field sobriety test. A field sobriety test is not the same thing as a breath test or a blood test. Usually, field sobriety tests involve the officer asking a driver to get out of the car and perform physical tasks, like walking in a straight line or reciting the alphabet.
You can choose not to participate in a field sobriety test. However, you do need to know that if you don’t, the police officer who pulled you over will most likely arrest you. Your refusal to take a field sobriety test can be used against you in court – and you need to know that if you refuse to take a test, people may think you’re guilty.
Remember, though, field sobriety tests are not the same thing as a breath or blood test. If a police officer asks you to take a breath test and you refuse, you can face serious legal consequences. When you’re taken into police custody, you can be compelled – another word for forced – to submit to a blood test.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About DUI Charges?
If you’ve been accused of drunk driving, it may be in your best interest to contact an attorney. Working with a lawyer can help ensure you’re getting the most accurate information about the law and how it impacts you.
We may be able to help you if you’ve been accused of DUI. Call us at 847-920-4540 for a free case review. We’ll answer your questions and start building a strategy that gets you the best possible outcome.