I am often asked this question by friends and family members in social settings.
The first thing I would recommend is that you cooperate FULLY and be as nice as possible to the police. Make sure you are polite and courteous to the police officer making the stop – they are simply doing their job. If you make life difficult for the police officer, chances are he/she will make your life more difficult.
The best thing to do – is to NOT submit to a breathalyzer test. When you submit to a breathalyzer test, you give police evidence to use against you in court. By submitting to a breathalyzer exam it allows the state to use more evidence against you to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Breath test refusal will automatically cause your driver’s license to be suspended for 12 months, cooperation and failure will result in a 6 month driver’s license suspension. In Illinois you are not allowed to call your attorney when you are pulled over for a DUI, you are not entitled to have your lawyer present when the police read the implied consent warning to you or when you are asked to enter into breathalyzer testing. My advice is that you NOT perform the breathalyzer test.
Lastly, politely refuse to answer any questions the police ask you regarding your alcohol intake, where you were, were you drinking, etc… until your attorney is present.
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