Izquierdo Law Firm - March 2018

IzLegal Illustrated How to Handle a Stop and Other Safety Tips

around people who’ve been drinking, and maybe you’ve had beer spilled on you and smell like you’ve been drinking. If an officer has the slightest suspicion you’re driving under the influence, they will begin an investigation. The best way to avoid a situation like this would be to avoid driving altogether. Easier said than done, I know. If you find yourself in this type of situation, it’s important to be completely cooperative but avoid incriminating yourself. Remember you have the right to remain silent. It’s important to stay polite and respectful throughout the interaction. You don’t want to give the officer any more information than you absolutely have to. I’m not saying to lie, but simply respectfully decline to answer any questions that might incriminate you. Say you don’t feel comfortable answering without an attorney present. It is certainly easier to just start talking when you’ve been pulled over, but it isn’t always in your best interest. Sadly, the only time you have the right to an attorney is when you take the breathalyzer test. Even so, you don’t want to give the person who stopped you any condemning information. Continue to politely decline their questions by saying you feel uncomfortable answering without an attorney present. If you are arrested, the less you said during the interaction can increase your chances in court.

While you’re out celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, it’s important to take some precautions.

Drinking and driving is never a good idea. If you choose to go out and have a couple of drinks, stay off the road. Even only having one or two beers doesn’t mean that you’re okay to drive. So, before you head out, make sure you know how you’ll get home. For instance, plan to take an Uber, or have a designated driver. If you do find yourself on the road this holiday — or any day after you’ve been drinking — and are pulled over, here are some things to keep in mind.

“Drinking and driving is never a good idea. If you choose to go out and have a couple of drinks, stay off the road.”

Drink green beer, stay off the roads, and have a great St. Patrick’s day.

Most people are too focused on the legal alcohol limit, rather than recognizing when they might be impaired. In some instances, someone may not be impaired, but can still give an officer reason to suspect they are. Let’s say you’re a designated driver and are in perfect condition to drive. But you’ve been

It’s good to have a fun time, but be sure to take the necessary measures to avoid trouble with the law.

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