In this video, Attorney Andre Dayani discusses his top 5 tips on what to do if you are pulled over by police for DUI (Driving Under the Influence).

  1. Remain Calm! Speaking or moving quickly or erratically will be interpreted by police as an indicator of intoxication even if you haven’t consumed any substances. A DUI stop is inherently a stressful situation. In our experience of handling 100’s of DUI charges, the people who remain calm get the best results.
  2. Decline to answer any questions. You have the right to remain silent and invoking that right cannot be used against you in court. Anything you say however can and will be used against you during a trial. You can politely decline and say “a lawyer advised me to not answer any questions about my day.” You are required to provide your name, address and license.
  3. Decline ALL roadside testing. Similar to above, there’s no legal obligation for you to participate in roadside testing, and few people have ever passed those tests, even sober! Politely say, “I decline to take all roadside tests.” 
  4. Do not resist arrest and do not try to talk your way out of it. It just won’t happen and you’re much better situated later on in the case if you comply with the officer.
  5. Say “I WANT AN ATTORNEY.” That should end all non-necessary questioning and you should be connected with a public defender (or private defender like us). Save Andre’s number in your phone! 206-777-5627

Police stops are stressful whether you’ve had a drink, marijuana, or even sober. But if you’re armed with knowledge and you remember these tips, you could very well prevent a criminal charge from being filed against you. Yes, even sober people get charged incorrectly with DUI, so know your rights!

Want more information on Marijuana DUI stops in Washington State? Check out Andre’s postings on Marijuana DUI Explained and What to Expect if Charged with DUI . Knowing your rights is protecting your future!

IF YOU STILL HAVE QUESTIONS OR ARE POTENTIALLY FACING A DUI CHARGE, SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY RIGHT AWAY.  TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE IN THESE CASES, AND THE SOONER YOU CAN GET THE BALL ROLLING IN YOUR DEFENSE, THE BETTER.  CALL US AT (206) 777-5627 OR EMAIL ME DIRECTLY AT  [email protected]. WE ARE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS AND CONSULTATIONS ARE ALWAYS FREE.

Andre Dayani is lead criminal defense attorney at Dayani Law Firm. He works with his wife and law partner Lauren.