Now that you are a college student and on your own, you probably feel a sense of freedom. However, you may also feel some anxiety over all the things you are accountable for now. With some education and preparation, you will be okay no matter what comes along.
A likely situation you will face at college is partying. However you decide to handle the drinking scene at school, you need to know what to do in case the police ever pull you over for a DUI stop. The consequences of a DUI are severe, both from the justice system and university, especially if you are under 21.
Cooperate and maintain your rights
Avoid getting into further trouble by fighting with the officer. Cooperate with what law enforcement asks you to do. However, this does not mean you have to answer any questions that may incriminate you. Anything you say can become evidence against you, so you are free to politely refuse to respond to inquiries as to your drinking until you speak to an attorney.
The field sobriety test
Another request you do not have to fulfill is taking a field sobriety (or roadside) test meant to judge impairment. Such testing may be highly inaccurate due to several factors, such as your surroundings, physical and emotional health, clothing and even weight. Furthermore, officers may not correctly administer the test. Use care when deciding whether or not to take the field sobriety test.
Breath or blood test
As a first-time offender, it is in your best interest to be aware that you may refuse a breath or blood test, but refusal has consequences. Refusal leads to an automatic loss of your driver's license for 180 days, possibly lasting up to three years. If you do take the test, you may immediately ask if you can take a second test (which you will have to pay for) to ensure consistent results. In either case, your decision must be made with care. Many things can go wrong with testing, and an experienced defense attorney can discover any errors or violations of your rights to use in your defense.