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What to Do if You are Pulled Over for a DUI in Maryland

Drinking and driving is one of the most dangerous things you can do behind the wheel. Not only do you put your own life at risk, but also the lives of everyone you share the road with. That said, if you are ever pulled over and suspected of driving under the influence (DUI) in the state of Maryland, there are some things you should keep in mind.

Here is a list of tips in case you are pulled over for a suspected DUI:

  • Pull over somewhere safe. One of the first things an officer will make note of is how you pull over. You should do so in a safe manner, either on the side of the road or into a parking lot.
  • Be respectful. Being rude to an officer is only going to make things worse.
  • Don’t give information that may incriminate you. You are required to give the officer your identification and documentation, but you do not have to answer all of his questions. If he asks if you’ve been drinking, you don’t have to lie, but you also don’t have to answer the question until you have an attorney present.
  • Follow directions. If the officer asks you to step outside you are required to do so. If you don’t, you’ll likely be arrested.
  • Decline the field sobriety tests. These are subjective tests that almost always work against you. If you have been drinking, you should politely decline to take the test. However, be aware that you probably will have to take a blood or breathalyzer test and that you may be taken back to the station to do so.
  • Keep quiet. On your way to the station, don’t speak, even small talk. Anything you say may be used against you in court.

A skilled team of DUI accident lawyers can help you fight your charges. Contact the law offices of Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP in Hanover, MD today for a free consultation for personal injury cases.

By Michael A. DeSantis | Published March 2, 2014