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Here is how to handle a DUI traffic stop in Virginia

| Nov 4, 2021 | Criminal Defense

As a resident here in Virginia, there are plenty of restaurants and events to enjoy. For example, you might go to a bar with friends to watch football. You may also go to a party serving alcohol and enjoy time hanging out with family or colleagues.

There is a risk of police pulling you over on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) any time you get behind the wheel after drinking. Even if you’ve only had a small amount of alcohol, having alcohol in your system when law enforcement officers pull you over could lead to you facing DUI charges. Yes, even if you’re under the .08% limit, you could be charged with this crime.

That’s why it’s important to understand your rights and what to do if the police stop you.

What can you do to protect yourself during a DUI stop?

During a DUI stop, the best thing you can do for yourself is to stay calm and know your rights. You should give the officer your insurance, registration and driver’s license upon their request. If the officer asks where you’re going or what you were doing before the stop, you’re not obligated to say. Speaking less will help you protect yourself and avoid giving the officer evidence of wrongdoing during traffic stops.

You should know that you are legally obligated to provide a blood, urine or breath sample if it’s requested of you. Keep in mind that you don’t have to take that test before you’re legally arrested, though. If you would like to refuse to give the sample before the arrest, you can do so politely. You may also refuse the field sobriety tests, which will help make sure that the officer doesn’t obtain further evidence of intoxication. 

If you are arrested, it’s your right to ask for an attorney. You don’t have to speak with the police without one.