Getting pulled over for a DUI in New York can be a serious offense that results in multiple penalties, including fines, license suspension and even jail time. Because this isn’t an ordinary, run-of-the-mill situation, there are some things you should know. Michael Block is here to answer questions about what to do when you’re pulled over for driving under the influence—and what to do if you are issued a ticket.
Q: I was pulled over for a DUI—what’s the first thing I should do?
A: Stay calm, respectful and be polite. Don’t upset the police officer by seeming unresponsive to their questions, but avoid admissions of guilt by not providing any specific answers about any alcohol consumption.
Q: What if the officer wants to search my vehicle?
A: Do not agree to a search if a police officer asks for permission. If an officer is asking that is because he/she has no legal right to do it—and despite what they are saying, don’t not allow them to have access to your vehicle.
Q: What is the 1st thing I should do after a stop?
A: Call attorney Michael Block. A 1st DUI offense carry a fine of $500-1000, a maximum jail term of less than 1 year, and a 6 month suspension of your license. There are also court costs, a raise in insurance premiums, and insurance surcharges. Habitual offenders face incrementally tougher consequences, with a maximum jail term of up to 7 years and up to a $10,000 fine. Therefore, having a great attorney is the first step to reducing the damage.