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What to expect during a DUI stop

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2024 | Dui |

A traffic stop can be frightening, particularly if the police have reason to suspect you of drunk driving. The situation between flashing lights and loud sirens can be stressful and scary. You may wonder what your rights are and if the police officer can make you leave your car.

Why did they pull you over?

First, understand that the police need a reason to pull you over—you swerved a little, your headlights were not working, or you kept changing lanes. If they see signs that you might be under the influence and pull you over, they may ask you to step out if they notice you have slurred speech or boozy breath.

What do you do after a police stop?

When the police stop you for questions, always be polite and remember your rights. The officer might ask you to do roadside tests to check your condition, called field sobriety tests. These tests are not mandatory, so you can calmly refuse to take them. If you decline, and the police have reason to believe that you are under the influence, they may ask you to take a breathalyzer which determines your blood alcohol level. Individuals driving under the influence may face arrest if there is probable cause.

Dealing with a DUI charge

It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence. If you have a breath alcohol and/or drug concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, you are legally impaired and prohibited from driving any kind of motor vehicle. In Kansas, a DUI charge may have the following consequences:

  • Arrest and detainment
  • Personal and financial losses
  • The police can tow your vehicle
  • Revocation of driver’s license
  • Complete a screening assessment and undergo an intervention program

A DUI charge has severe consequences, and knowing your rights is essential.

Depending on the circumstances, you may receive 90 days to one-year imprisonment. You may also need to pay hefty fines, plus court costs, probation and evaluation fees. If you caused an accident while driving under the influence, you may also face criminal charges. With so much on the line, you may seek legal advice to help you build a strong defense against the charges.