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Cooperate Now—Avoid Problems Later

The Law Office of Henry S. Hilles, IIIhas successfully defended hundreds of clients against charges of drunk driving (DUI) since 1999. Rather than panic when you get involved in a police situation, try to stay calm and seek to do the following:

If You Hear a Siren

Pull over to the side of the road as soon as is safely possible. Make it as easy as possible for the officer to safely approach you. Do not get out of your car. Roll down your window. Turn off your engine. Make sure your hands are visible as officers are on guard against hands that may be carrying weapons.

Call a former Montgomery County prosecutor turned drunk driving (DUI) defense lawyer             610-270-8800      . Get honest answers and sound legal guidance.

Be Polite, But Do Not Speak to the Officer Unless He or She Speaks to You.

Let the police officer tell you what he or she wants. Do not ask questions such as, “What is the problem?” or “Why did you pull me over?” When you are asked for your driver's license, politely produce it. Know where your driver’s license, registration and insurance information are located in your wallet.

When the Officer Says You Were Violating the Law

If the officer asks if you have been drinking, politely decline to answer the question. Do not answer any questions that may incriminate you or give the officer reason to arrest or ticket you.

If you do answer that you have been drinking while driving or that you had a few drinks a few hours earlier, this may give the officer sufficient justification to administer a breath test or field sobriety tests.

In many cases, an officer will try to get you to admit guilt, even if you have not been drinking. Simply avoid answering questions with respect to whether you have been drinking. At the same time, be polite and respectful.

Remember that silence or a polite refusal to answer a question is not an admission of guilt to DUI or any other charge. It is a right that you have under the law.

If the Officer Says He Is Going to Search Your Car

Before searching your car, an officer must have reasonable suspicion to think that you are dangerous or have violated the law. Do not interfere with this. Allow it to happen.

If the officer sees you appearing to hide something as he approaches your car, he may have reasonable suspicion to search your car. Keep your hands on the steering wheel as he approaches.

Police Officer Sees an Open Bottle of Alcohol in the Car, Even If It Is Not Yours

If the police officer sees an open bottle of alcohol, he has probable cause to search the car.

Get Help Today: 610-270-8800      

You may rely on Henry S. Hilles, III, counselor at law, to provide you with thorough, aggressive and effective legal guidance regarding a DUI, ARD, underage drinking charge or any other criminal law matter. Contact us by e-mail .