Thanksgiving has come and gone and it’s time for more holidays. As such, there is an increased chance of individuals getting stopped for driving under the influence. This is one of the busiest times of the year for law enforcement and it’s understandable.
However, not all DUI stops are lawful and there are still times when law enforcement officers are overzealous to pull someone over. It’s important to understand what they are looking for, why they’re out in full force, and your rights if you’re pulled over.
Why There are So Many Officers Out
Just like lawyers understand, officers also know that the holidays are a busy time and brings with it potential parties, get togethers, and of course, drinking. It makes for a perfect opportunity for law enforcement to pull people over.
This means there’s an increase in checkpoints to try and stop those who may have been drinking, as well as patrol officers on many of the roads to prevent drunk driving. This is all well and good, until they try to pull someone over without probable cause or arrest someone who is sober.
What to Do If You’re Pulled Over
If an officer stops you during this time and tries to arrest you for a DUI despite you not drinking or exhibiting signs of intoxication, it’s important to stay calm and know your rights. You have the right to an attorney and to remain silent, and you can politely decline the roadside breathalyzer.
If you’re arrested and taken back to the station, you cannot decline the breathalyzer they give you there without facing some consequences. You should speak with an attorney as soon as possible to defend against your DUI charge.
I’m Daniel D. Hajji, Attorney at Law. When you face a DUI and need someone on your side, I’m committed to helping you with your difficult legal matter and pursuing the justice you need to clear your name from serious accusations.
I have spent nearly two decades honing my craft as a Farmington Hills criminal defense attorney and I know what it takes to defend your rights. Trust me to help you during your most difficult time and guide you throughout the process.
Call me at (248) 599-0054 and discuss your case with me.