Choosing to drive while under the influence of alcohol or any other substance that can impair your judgement is never a good idea. At best, you have put the lives of everyone else on the road in danger. At worst, you could be pulled over by the police or contacted by the police after an accident. This could lead to an arrest for driving while under the influence. What are some ways that you may be able to avoid being taken into custody for DUI?
Comply With An Officer’s Requests
The easiest way to get taken into custody is to ignore an order or to become combative when asked to do something. You should also avoid being too chatty or exuberant as that may also be a sign that you are impaired. If you are being pulled over by an officer, your first act of compliance is to pull over to the side of the road.
You should never leave a vehicle unless asked to do so, and you should agree to take a breath or blood test voluntarily. Assuming that you are under the legal limit, this should help you build a rapport with the officer and make it more likely that you will be let go. If you have any medical conditions that may mimic the symptoms of impairment, mention them when first contacted.
Know What the Legal Limit In Your Area Is
In all 50 states, the legal blood alcohol limit while operating a motor vehicle is .08 percent. While you may be arrested even if your BAC is lower than that, the odds are greatly reduced that you would be prosecuted in court for DUI. You should also be aware of any other substances such as THC or active ingredients in prescription medication that may enter your body.
This is because you are responsible for anything that you take, and some chemicals may linger days or weeks after you use them. If you can explain why a certain substance is in your bloodstream, it may be possible to avoid an arrest. Generally, an officer won’t take you into custody if you don’t pose a danger to yourself or others.
Pass Field Sobriety Tests
Walking in a straight line, reciting the alphabet backwards or following a light without moving your head may increase the odds of not being arrested for DUI. While field sobriety tests are not conclusive proof of impairment on their own, an officer may use the results to further justify his or her decision to take you into custody.
If you don’t hear an officer’s command or have any questions about what you need to do, don’t hesitate to ask. In this scenario, confusion may be seen as a sign of impairment, and you don’t want to go to jail for something that you didn’t do.
Don’t Keep Beer or Other Contraband In Your Car
Having open beer cans in your car is against the law in almost every state. It may also make an officer believe that you have been drinking either while driving or at some point in the recent past. If you have marijuana or other drug paraphernalia in your vehicle, it may also make an officer think that you have been using either while driving or at some point recently. Even if you have done nothing wrong, it may create the perception that an officer needs to take you into custody as a public safety matter.
Have Someone Else Drive For You
The easiest way to avoid getting arrested for DUI is to have someone else drive if you are too impaired to do so. In some cases, having someone else in the car who can drive for you may convince an officer to let you go as long as the passenger is willing to take over.
If you are pulled over or make contact with an officer who believes that you are impaired, it is important that you know your rights. In most cases, you are under no obligation to say or do anything, and calling a lawyer may be the first step that you should take if you are charged with DUI.