What Should You Do If You Are Pulled Over For Drunk Driving?

by baronedefensefirm on June 25, 2009

It appears that the most popular video on YouTube on the topic of drunk driving is my video entitled “What Should You Do If Pulled Over For Drunk Driving.”  In this video I am specifically referring to the Michigan drunk driving laws and the Michigan Implied Consent Law.

In this video I explain why you should be polite to the officer when you’re pulled over for drunk driving.  In Michigan drunk driving is also called OWI, OUIL and UBAL and sometimes OWI. 

In short, if you are pulled over in Michigan for OWI this is the time for “civil disobedience” meaning after you identify yourself you can and should refuse everything BUT the breath test back at the station.  This includes the roadside field sobriety tasks as well as the road side breath test.


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Patrick T. Barone is the author on two books on DUI defense including the well respected two volume treatise Defending Drinking Drivers (James Publishing), and The DUI Book – A Citizen’s Guide to Understanding DUI Litigation in America. He is also the author of a monthly DUI defense column for the Criminal Defense Newsletter, published by Michigan’s State Appellate Defender’s Office. Mr. Barone is an adjunct professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he teaches Drunk Driving Law and Practice. He is also on the faculty of the Criminal Defense Attorney’s of Michigan’s Trial Lawyer’s College where he provides trial skills training to Michigan’s criminal defense practitioners. Mr. Barone lectures nationally on various DUI defense topics, and he has appeared in newspapers, on television and on radio as a drunk driving defense expert. Mr. Barone has been certified as an instructor and practitioner of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and has also attended a 24-hour certification course at National Patent Analytical Corporation (the manufacturer of the DataMaster) and has thereby been deemed competent by the manufacturer to operate, perform essential diagnostic verifications and calibration checks on the DataMaster. Mr. Barone is a Sustaining Member of College for DUI Defense. Mr. Barone is the principal and founding member of The Barone Defense Firm, whose practice is limited exclusively to defending drinking drivers. The Firm is headquartered in Birmingham, Michigan.

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