It's no secret that law enforcement will be out in full force on New Year's Eve and in the early morning hours of New Year's Day. This is for good reason as the holiday is one of the biggest nights of the year for drunk driving accidents.
However, police officers also pull over many people that they shouldn't on holidays like New Year's, and you could be one of them. If you aren't careful, the situation could go from bad to worse and you could end up being thrown in jail or charged with a crime.
Talk about a bad way to start 2017.
Take these five steps to keep the situation from escalating
Here are the five steps you should take when being pulled over, from our criminal defense lawyer, who is also a former police officer:
- Get well off of the shoulder so that the officer can stay out of traffic.
- If it is dark out, turn on your vehicle's interior lights.
- Roll down your windows, especially if you have tint.
- Keep both of your hands on the steering wheel until you are instructed otherwise.
- Be polite and non-sarcastic, but don't let your rights be violated.
That means DO NOT volunteer any information about where you have been or what you have been doing. Tell the officer that you are exercising your right to remain silent, and that you will not talk until your lawyer is present.
If you follow these steps and have done nothing wrong, then the officer should let you go on your way without any trouble. If you end up being accused of a crime, call a lawyer immediately.
Whether you are facing DWI, drug possession, weapons possession or some other charge, it will be essential to have an aggressive lawyer on your side if you want to avoid the worst consequences.
With that said, have a safe and happy New Year's celebration! And remember, the best way to avoid a DWI is by arranging a sober ride ahead of time.