Sober drivers should have nothing to fear, but an unexpected traffic stop on your way home isn’t always pleasant. Even the most innocent citizen may behave nervously when a grim police officer is pointing a bright flashlight into their car. Unfortunately, the way you respond to law enforcement can result in disastrous consequences, despite your guiltlessness. How does this happen? Acting nervous, fidgety, or failing to maintain eye contact are all suspicious behavior when police officers are vigilant and on guard. Police officers are simply doing their job to protect public safety but they are also likely on high-alert, which may quickly lead the situation to escalate at your expense.
Michigan State & DUI Checkpoints
DUI checkpoints are often stationed at busy intersections or city streets, where drivers are randomly selected to engage in dialog with law enforcement. The purpose of this conversation is to determine whether you are driving under the influence or engaging in any other criminal activity. DUI checkpoints are illegal in the state of Michigan as a violation of the Fourth Amendment. However, law enforcement still has the right to pull you over if there is probable cause or any reason to suspect illegal activity. This means they simply need a minor reason to stop and assess your state.
If you are pulled over on suspected DUI, keep the following in mind:
- Roll down your window and dutifully answer any questions. Remember to immediately provide your license and proof of insurance.
- If you are suspected of being under the influence, don’t panic. Remain silent until you have access to an attorney, and don’t admit or agree to anything until then.
- Field sobriety tests are voluntary, including roadside breath tests. You have the right to respectfully decline a preliminary breath test which will prevent an arrest, but you may have to take a test at the station.
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