The Law Offices of Anthony N. Palumbo
Phone: 908-316-8671

How to handle a drunk driving stop in New Jersey

Labor Day weekend is supposed to be one last fun blast of summer. It’s a time to fire up the barbeque, get to baseball games and have a good time. This may not be the same for  law enforcement officers in New Jersey, since they are charged with keeping roads safe. With an extended number of people expected on the roads this weekend, a number of people may be stopped on suspicion of DUI or DWI.

Because of this, it is important to know how to handle stops by the police. Of course, it may not always be possible to avoid a drunk driving charge, but knowing what to expect can help. 

Stay calm and be polite – Indeed, it is not a picnic to be stopped by the police. But being sarcastic or aggressive may lead the officer to ask you to get out of the car. Once out of the car, it is more than likely that you will be arrested.  To avoid this situation, keep calm and be polite.

Take things slow – To police officers, quick moves are seen as acts of aggression, so it’s no surprise that they will react to such moves with higher levels of force. With this in mind, it may not be the best idea to reach quickly for your registration. The cop may be even quicker to his (or her) gun. It may be better to ask the officer if you can each for something before you do it.

Maintain eye contact – Eye contact can reveal a lot about you. A cold stare could mean an aggressive stance. Bloodshot eyes may mean intoxication. Sleepy eyes may suggest marijuana use.So as we mentioned previously, a cool, polite rapport with your eyes can help.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Learn How I Can Help You

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Cranford Office
190 North Avenue East Suite 1
Cranford, NJ 07016

Toll Free: 866-664-8118
Phone: 908-316-8671
Fax: 908-272-7322
Cranford Law Office Map

Elizabeth Office
740 Newark Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07208

Toll Free: 866-664-8118
Phone: 908-316-8671
Elizabeth Law Office Map

Brielle Office
503 Union Avenue
Brielle, NJ 08730

Toll Free: 866-664-8118
Phone: 908-316-8671
Map & Directions

Phone: 908-316-8671 Fax: 908-272-7322
How to handle a drunk driving stop in New Jersey | The Law Offices of Anthony N. Palumbo