I’ve had a few drinks and I’m behind the wheel. There are flashing lights in my rear view mirror. What do I do now?

  • Using a blinker, pull over as soon as possible in a safe manner.
  • Keep your hands on the steering wheel for officer’s safety and know where your driver’s license and insurance are readily available.
  • Be respectful to the officer but no need to make admissions. The officer is looking to build his case from the moment he first began observing you driving.
  • The officer should have his video running from his patrol unit and a microphone on his lapel. Keep in mind that everything you do and say is being recorded.
  • You do not have an obligation to conduct any roadside field sobriety tests.
  • If the officer is going to arrest you, there is usually nothing you can do or say to convince him or her otherwise; ask to call your lawyer and a friend or family member who can help make your bail/bond. You may ask the officer if you can write down the names and numbers of a few folks in your cell phone because most people cannot remember numbers once their cell phone is placed into property and they are in jail.
  • Do not blow into a Breathalyzer or consent to a blood draw. If they want evidence to further build their case, make the Government get a warrant for it.
  • Have someone post your bond.