Being pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving can be an overwhelming and stressful experience. Knowing your legal rights during a DUI traffic stop is critical to protect yourself. Working with an Illinois lawyer can further help you.
Reasons for a Legal DUI Traffic Stop
Police have the authority to legally stop vehicles when they have reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or observable signs of impaired driving that establish probable cause to investigate further. Officers do not need a warrant if they directly witness driving behaviors like swerving, delayed reactions, or speed changes that indicate potential intoxication behind the wheel.
Cooperating Respectfully While Invoking Rights
If stopped, you must comply with officer instructions for pulling over safely and presenting your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance when requested. However, cooperation does not mean admitting guilt or voluntarily discussing whether you have been drinking or other questions about your activities and destination. Both polite refusal to answer questions and respectfully invoking your rights is recommended.