What Do I Do If I Get Arrested For DUI?

Getting stopped, questioned and ultimately arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) is a stressful situation. If not handled properly, your career and reputation can be harmed for years to come.

That is why one of the first things you should do when arrested for DUI is call an attorney. Since 1969, our attorneys at Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers have been providing high-quality criminal defense representation to clients in Chattanooga and throughout Tennessee.

Protect your rights and contact our attorneys today by calling 423-933-2738.

Remember: You Have Rights

One of the most important things you can do when you are stopped by the police is remain calm. Calm does not necessarily mean cooperative, but do not say or do anything that can give them cause to think you are acting suspiciously. Follow these steps when you are stopped:

  • Provide police with your driver's license and vehicle registration.
  • Remember that you have the right to remain silent. When police ask how many drinks you have had, you do not have to answer. It is very unlikely that you will be able to talk your way out of this. Instead, police may try to use your words against you.
  • Tennessee law protects your right to refuse to take a field sobriety test. These tests rely on an officer's subjective view of your performance, and you do not need to assist them in their case against you.
  • Submit to a blood or breath test if you do not want to have to surrender your license.

If you are arrested, our attorneys can handle all of the difficult work involved with contesting your charges. That includes examining breath and blood tests and determining if police had probable cause to stop your vehicle or violated any of your constitutional rights.

Do Not Fight These Charges Alone. Call Our Lawyers Today.

Our lawyers have built a strong reputation in Chattanooga and throughout the region for our knowledge of DUI/DWI laws and how to build a strong defense against drunk driving charges. Talk to us today if you are facing these charges. Call 423-933-2738 or 423-933-2738 to schedule a free consultation.