What Should You Do When You’re Pulled Over For Drunk Driving?


At Gonzalez Law Office, LLC, we provide skilled defense representation for people facing OWI/DUI charges in Madison and throughout surrounding areas in Wisconsin.

Our lawyers are here to protect your rights after a drunk driving arrest. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you should ever find yourself being pulled over by the police on suspicion of drunk driving:

  • Use your turn signal and calmly pull over to the side of the road. Keep your hands on the steering wheel, and wait for the officer to approach your vehicle.
  • Greet the officer politely, and remain cordial throughout your interaction. Produce your driver’s license and registration when asked.
  • Remember your Fifth Amendment rights. You have the right to refrain from answering questions that may incriminate you, such as inquiries about what and how much you’ve had to drink. If the officer asks you any questions you do not feel you should answer, politely decline.

“Should I take the breathalyzer or field sobriety test?” This is a common question for people who have been pulled over on suspicion of DUI/OWI. You are not required by law to take the field sobriety test or submit to the officer’s portable breathalyzer test, although refusing to do so will likely result in an OWI/DUI arrest. At the station, however, you are required to take a breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) or blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test under the penalty of having your driver’s license automatically suspended.

The Most Important Call: Talk To A Lawyer

Of all the things you should do when pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, talking to a defense lawyer is the most important. At the earliest possibility, call our criminal defense attorneys at 866-282-7892 or contact us online so we can begin building a strong defense case for you.