Being stopped on suspicion of DUI can make for a tense face to face with law enforcement. Being arrested or not could hang on what seems like very little in how you speak and act. Knowing how to handle a DUI stop before it happens is a great way to avoid a DUI arrest in the future.
You would do well to maintain control of your emotions while interacting with law enforcement. This means you need to be polite, speak as little as possible, do not submit to any field sobriety tests, and pay close attention to everything the officer says. Even if you have been drinking, take a deep breath and collect yourself.
Banish any hope you have that by cooperating fully with police means you will avoid an arrest. This will not win the officer over to your side. Being smart is better than being fully compliant.
Consider the Officer's Reaction
The police officer has no idea who you are or what your intentions are. Understanding this and acting to convince the officer you share his concern for public safety can benefit you. To this end, place both hands on your steering wheel when the officer approaches, and make sure if you have any passengers that they have their hands plainly visible. Ask the officer for permission to reach into your back pocket to retrieve your driver's license when asked, for example.
In general, you should come as close to saying nothing as possible. The officer believes you to be guilty as soon as he approaches your car. What matters is that you give them no means of substantiating this belief by saying something incriminating. You have the right to remain silent and you should exercise this right, even by informing the officer politely that you will not be answering any questions without an attorney present.
Another point: simply, put, you cannot "pass" a field sobriety test, so do not bother taking one—politely refuse when asked by the officer. You cannot be forced to submit to one. As for breath tests, your refusal to submit to a breathalyzer exam will result in a suspension of your driver' license, so you must weigh this against the disadvantage of blowing 0.08 or higher.
Call an experienced Orlando criminal defense attorney when you get arrested for DUI. No matter what the officer says or what the results of your breath test were, Ali & Blankner can defend you!