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How you handle a traffic stop could have an impact on its outcome

Facing accusations for driving under the influence can be exceedingly intimidating. Perhaps an officer recently made the decision to pull you over for something as simple as a burnt-out tail light. While this might not lead to a traffic ticket, it could give the officer reason and time to further investigate any suspicions.

Chances are, you may wish to steer clear of this situation, but you probably don't want to avoid driving altogether. If an officer pulls you over, understanding your rights could prove crucial to safeguarding your future.

When a traffic stop occurs

While law enforcement agents may be on high alert for drunk drivers during specific times of day and on special occasions, a DUI traffic stop can occur at any moment. If involved in a traffic stop, how you handle the situation could have a substantial impact on the outcome, and some crucial factors to consider may include the following:

  • Providing information:  If a traffic stop occurs, you may find it beneficial to have the necessary information within reach, as having to search for your license or registration could give an officer time to become suspicious of wrong-doing.
  • Remain calm:  While a traffic stop can be stressful, remaining calm is in your best interests, as exhibiting nervous behavior could prove detrimental.
  • Avoid offering explanations:  You need only provide what is necessary to the situation, and an unnecessary explanation could be taken as an admission of guilt, despite your intentions.
  • Compliance:  If an officer becomes suspicious of intoxication, he or she may ask you to step out of the vehicle and perform field sobriety or breath tests. While you have the right to deny these tests, doing so might have negative consequences.

Should the traffic stop result in your arrest, you might want to consider ceasing further communication with police before obtaining guidance from someone with extensive knowledge in Ohio state drunk driving and traffic laws.

Guidance in the process

If you stand accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, you may wish to challenge the charges and protect your future, but the process can be stressful and intimidating. However, you don't necessarily have to go through this alone, and seeking guidance from someone with experience in handling such intricate matters could be advisable. By seeking advice in the initial stages of the process, you could gain valuable insight into forming a strong defense geared toward pursuing the best outcome possible during legal proceedings.

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