It’s happened to almost everyone. You see the flashing lights in your rearview mirror and start to panic. You’re being stopped by an Arizona police officer. As an Arizona driver do you know your rights when this happens?
Here are 10 things to do and know if you are pulled over in Arizona:
- Reasonable suspicion is enough to pull you over. If a police officer suspects you have committed a criminal offense, he or she has the right to stop you.
- Remain calm, and stop your vehicle as soon as safely possible.
- Be pleasant and professional. Passengers should also remain polite and keep their hands in view.
- Do not try to talk your way out of a situation. Think of it this way – anything you do or say could end up on a police report.
- If you are carrying a firearm, Arizona law does not require you to disclose this at a traffic stop unless you are asked. Make sure you know local laws whenever you travel with a firearm.
- You do not have to take field sobriety tests. Field sobriety tests such as eye tests, one-leg stand, walk and turn, finger-to-nose tests and other tests are voluntary in Arizona.
- Probable cause is different than reasonable suspicion. Probable cause can justify an arrest, search, or warrant for arrest.
- Portable Breath Tests can be used as evidence as probable cause. You can refuse to take a PBT before you have been arrested, but after you’ve been arrested if you refuse, your driver’s license will be taken away for at least one year.
- Police must have a search warrant or your consent to search your vehicle. You do not have to consent to a search.
- If police suspect that you have committed a crime, but do not have probable cause to arrest or detain you, they have to let you go.
If you are charged or feel like a case is being built against you, contact a Tempe DUI Attorney immediately. An attorney can order independent blood tests and help you preserve evidence as well as make sure your rights are honored and upheld.
Tempe DUI Attorney Kyle T. Green
As a Tempe DUI Attorney I can work towards reduced consequences of a Tempe DUI charge or a complete dismissal entirely. I can also answer your questions about the status of your driver’s license and case during your free consultation. It’s extremely important to have an experienced Tempe DUI Attorney on your side when you are facing a DUI charge. Call me at 480-331-7568 to schedule a no obligation case review where you can meet me and we can go over your charges. Next and same day appointments are often available so call 480-331-7568 today.Back to Blogs