If you are stopped by police for
DUI, first and foremost, do not panic. The whole process will become much
more difficult if you cannot remain calm. Follow the steps below and stay
in control of your actions-- failure to do so can only harm you in the long run.
Provide ID. After pulling you over, the officer will ask you for identification.
In Arizona, it's considered a second class misdemeanor if you cannot
provide identification at a traffic stop, so a lack of identification
will serve as an immediate red flag for all officers. Exhibiting proper
identification is essential, as it's extremely important to get off
on the right foot by complying with the officer. Failing to do so will
cause unwanted complications.
Politely refuse to answer questions. You have a right to remain silent in any criminal case. By beginning
to talk to the officer and answering questions, you are choosing to waive
your rights and anything you say will most likely be turned against you.
The smartest thing to do is simply refuse to answer questions that the
police ask. You should still be polite and cooperative, providing any
basic information they ask of you, but do not answer any questions that
have to do with your behavior leading up to the moment of the questioning.
Every question you answer will only make it more difficult for an Arizona
defense attorney to defend your case.
Immediately ask for a lawyer at Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. You should immediately request a lawyer. You always have the right to
consult an attorney before making any decisions about your plan of action.
Our attorneys are available at all hours and are more than willing to
assist you. Contacting an attorney is absolutely crucial to your defense,
as you are unlikely to successfully navigate a DUI arrest without an attorney
at your side.
Refuse to take Field Sobriety Tests. Even if suspected of a DUI, in Arizona you are not required by law to
submit to these tests. Our attorneys question the accuracy of these tests,
so we advise anyone speaking to an officer who asks you to submit to a
test to respectfully decline. These rules are different than some other
tests, however. Talk to an attorney for more information.
Contact Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. today to get started with your defense. We
can be reached at (602) 842-6762.