Getting pulled over or stopped at a roadblock is almost always a stressful experience, even if you know you’ve done nothing wrong! Unfortunately, the anxiety that occurs when faced with a police officer’s questions can cause you to fudge the whole exchange. It’s important to be prepared for these encounters ahead of time since any outward signs of anxiety may cause cops to suspect the worst.
During all routine stops, you are required to provide identifying information such as your name, address, driver’s license, and registration. Although no one likes being pulled over, it’s essential to show the police officer that you’re cooperating. By law, you do not have to say anything while he reviews your documents. It is okay to greet the officer, but it’s wisest to wait for the officer to ask you questions after that… and even when he does, you aren’t required to answer. For the most part, you should remain silent. Anything you say could potentially be used against you. Admitting to drinking or consuming drugs even in small amounts (“I just had one…”) can be construed as an admission of guilt. So don’t say anything you don’t have to!
Depending on what the officer pulled you over or stopped you for, you may be asked to submit to some kind of sobriety test. Most police officers will not tell you this, but you do NOT have to take field sobriety tests. These include the kinds where you have to walk a line, touch your nose and do other similar stunts. These are designed for failure. You are not required by Georgia law to take these tests.
You are required, under implied consent laws, to submit to chemical testing of your blood, breath, or urine, at the request of an officer. These may be done, out of the flow of traffic at the scene of a checkpoint or else you may be brought to a nearby facility for this testing. If you are not arrested after testing, you are free to leave and do not have to say anything. If you are arrested, one thing you’ll want to do right away is try and arrange for a bail bond. We provide bonds for many charges but DUI bonds are one of our specialties. We are fast, thorough and confidential! In no way do we encourage drinking and driving, but if you do happen to find yourself facing a DUI, we’d be happy to help you get through it quickly and quietly.