Rights When Pulled Over

It can be very easy for anyone to fail sobriety tests, even when they have not been drinking, for a variety of reasons such as:

• Anxiety and fear
• Feeling overwhelmed
• Medical condition
• Balance issues
• Prescription medication side effects
• Asking for clarity on instructions, which will make an officer assume you are intoxicated and cannot comprehend instructions

You have the right to request a DMV hearing.

When you are arrested for DUI, police will take away your driver’s license and issue a temporary license that allows you to drive for 30 days following the DUI arrest. This pink slip also warns you that your driver’s license will be automatically suspended for 4 months following this 30-day period. You have 10 days from the date of arrest to request a DMV hearing to challenge the suspension. If you miss the hearing or do not request the hearing, your license will be suspended.

DMV proceedings are separate from criminal DUI proceedings.

Final Tips

• Be polite to police. It’s not in your best interest to be rude or argumentative with police officers. Being hostile to police will only make them do everything they can to get you convicted and it will make you look bad.
• You have the right to remain silent. Use it and do not answer questions relating to
• Once you are released, write down everything you can remember about the night, including what you were doing, how much you had to drink, how long you were arrested after drinking, the officer’s behavior, what you said to the officer, where you were pulled over, when and if you were read your rights, when you took the chemical test and how long it had been since your last drink.
• You have the right to an attorney at any time, even if you initially do not ask for an attorney.

Contact a DUI defense attorney. An experienced defense attorney can help you navigate the complex legal system and fight for your rights. A qualified DUI attorney can help you build your case and seek a reduction or dismissal of your charges and represent you during the DUI hearing.

If you are facing DUI charges, it’s important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible to protect your rights and increase the chances of getting your charges dismissed or reduced. Contact Soliman Law Group for a free consultation with a Los Angeles DUI defense attorney to discuss your case.