How to Protect Your Rights during an Alabama DUI Stop: 7 Tips (Pt. 1)

March 25, 2015

When traffic officers make DUI stops, how motorists speak and behave during these stops can be crucial to:

  • When an Alabama DUI stop occurs, here’s what you can do to protect your rights. Contact us when you need the strongest DUI defense.

    When an Alabama DUI stop occurs, here’s what you can do to protect your rights. Contact us when you need the strongest DUI defense.

    Officers’ assessment of potential intoxication

  • Whether a DUI arrest will be made
  • The nature of the criminal charges that may be filed later.

While this may be scary news, it can also be promising, as it means that there are things that you can do to protect your rights during an Alabama DUI stop.

Taking a closer look at this, this blog series will reveal some important tips to keep in mind during DUI stops in order to protect your rights and start putting essential pieces of your defense in place ASAP. While the information herein is valuable, however, don’t hesitate to contact the trusted Montgomery and Birmingham DUI lawyers at Joe M. Reed & Associates LLC if you are currently facing DUI charges and need the strongest defense now. Our attorneys are skilled at fighting various types of DUI charges, and they are dedicated to realizing the best outcomes for these cases.

During an Alabama DUI Stop, Here’s What You Can Do…

1 – Be polite and responsive.

When the traffic officer approaches your vehicle, it’s generally advisable to address the officer as “sir” or “ma’am” and to be forthcoming with things like your driver’s license, vehicle registration and auto insurance card.

One of the first things that these traffic cops will look for is how “together” versus disoriented you appear (with disorientation pointing to possible intoxication). So, having these items ready and responding to officers’ initial questions clearly and respectfully is always a wise idea.

2 – Remain calm and try to remember officers’ perspective.

Getting pulled over or stopped at sobriety checkpoints can be as frustrating as it may be unnerving, especially if you have not interacted that much with police before. If you find yourself starting to get nervous or freaked out, however, do your best to:

  • Calm yourself – You won’t be able to think or act clearly if you let your nerves get the better of you. In fact, you may even say things you don’t mean if you end up becoming too upset. So, don’t let this happen.
  • Understand that officers may be abrasive with you – Cops are used to dealing with combativeness, and they may come into an Alabama DUI stop thinking you are guilty. So, don’t take it personally, and try not to let it impact the way you talk to officers and/or behave during the stop.

For some more essential tips on how to protect your rights during an Alabama DUI stop, don’t miss the two additional parts of this blog series – they will be published soon!

Montgomery and Birmingham DUI Attorneys at Joe M. Reed & Associates LLC 

Have you been arrested for a DUI? If so, you can count on the Montgomery and Birmingham DUI lawyers at Joe M. Reed & Associates LLC to be aggressive advocates for your rights. For more than 16 years, we have been dedicated to the pursuit of justice in every case we oversee, and our experience, dedication and extensive knowledge of the law makes us effective at helping our clients obtain the best possible outcomes to their DUI cases.

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