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What to do if you are stopped by the police for DUI

Getting pulled over by law enforcement can be stressful no matter what the reason. One way to ease this situation is to be prepared for it before you are faced with it. When you are properly prepared, you can think clearly about what needs to be done and any angst or stress about what may happen can be suppressed with knowledge.

For many people, flashing red lights appearing in their rear-view mirror will make common sense vanish, only to be replaced with a defensive mentality. Since this sort of approach can make the circumstances you are in worse, here are helpful strategies on what you should do if pulled over by the police, especially if it is for suspicion of DUI.

When do police have probable cause?

In many places in the world, police can stop you on the street and detain you or enter your home and seize any property they think might incriminate you in a crime. To do this, they only need to have a "gut feeling" that you might be engaged in an illegal activity.

This is not the case in the United States. The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees that citizens can't be subject to searches unless government officials have "probable cause" to get a warrant from the court that allows them to arrest a citizen or search or seize property. The warrant must state specifically who is to be arrested and why, or what is to be searched.

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