There are various reasons why someone may get pulled over, but it is always important to immediately put yourself in the officer’s shoes. The officer doesn’t know if you are potentially dangerous or not, so it is important to always put both hands on top of your steering wheel and keep them there while the officer approaches. This immediately allows the officer to know that there is no danger in contacting you. When the officer makes contact with you, it’s important to listen closely and only speak after asked a question (don’t cut the officer off). It’s easy to advise someone not to say anything at all, but when truly placed in the situation of confronting an officer, everybody understands that appearing to be uncooperative, or confrontational, can get you arrested right away.
It is important to stay calm, and inform the officer very politely that you apologize for the infraction you’re being pulled over for. If the officer persists, and begins asking questions about where you are coming from, this is a sign that the officer is beginning a DUI investigation. At that point, you should inform the officer that you chose to exercise your right to remain silent. If you are then asked to perform field sobriety tests, let the officer know that based on your research, you have found information that shows these tests may not be reliable, so you don’t want to do them. If asked to perform a breathalyzer (BEFORE BEING ARRESTED), respond the same way about the reliability issue. If arrested you should submit to a breath or blood test, as required by law. If you want to know whether it’s better to do a breath or blood test, please read our Frequently Asked Question on Mironerlaw.com.