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Your rights at a DUI stop

Driving while intoxicated can carry significant consequences including suspension of your driver's license, fines and even jail time. That being said, if you become the subject of a DUI stop, you still have rights and the stop itself does not mean that you need to submit of any and all police requests.

Know your rights so you can protect them

It's important to familiarize yourself with these key features of Maryland DUI Law; doing so will ensure that you understand your rights and can advocate for yourself in the event of a DUI stop. Though police may request your driver's license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance, police actions have limitations, too, and it's important for you to understand that you need not comply with certain police requests.

Silence is your right

In the event of a DUI stop, silence is a right, not a privilege. If stopped, you have no legal obligation to answer police questions that relate to your sobriety. In fact, sticking to short answers, "yes" and "no" nods and simple statements can help minimize the police's ability to collect evidence that might be used against you in a court of law.

Field sobriety tests

Under Maryland state law, drivers are not required to submit to field sobriety tests. Field sobriety tests are administered road-side and can produce inaccurate or faulty results. To avoid unintentionally incriminating yourself, you may wish to politely decline police requests for a field sobriety test.

Breathalyzer tests

Police may request a preliminary breathalyzer test to establish probable cause that you were drinking while driving. Though you have no legal obligation to take his test, declining to do so has consequences, including suspension of your license.

Right to an attorney

If you've been pulled over, you have the right to legal counsel; this means that rather than answering police questions, you can instead contact your attorney and seek their support and advice as you prepare to respond to police questioning.

If you are stopped, do not apologize or try to explain your actions. Instead, be polite, keep quiet and seek legal counsel; your attorney can do the talking for you.

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