DUI Do’s and Dont’s

Tennessee DUI Do's and Do Not's


Do cooperate and be polite to the police officer.

Do tell the police officer that you want to speak with an attorney before answering any questions.

Do provide the police officer with your driver's license, registration and insurance.

Do remain silent when the police officer asks any questions that are not related to your name, diver's license, registration and/or insurance.

Do refuse the portable breath test.

Do tell the officer of any injuries or illnesses you have that would prevent you from doing the field sobriety tests.

Do pay attention and try and see what time the officer looks inside your mouth (if he/she does actually look inside your mouth), how many times he/she looks in your mouth and whether you are ever left alone at any time.

Do let your experienced DUI lawyer know whether you burped, belched, regurgitated, vomited, or etc. at any point in time after the officer looked inside your mouth.

Do write down everything that happened that night with regard to the stop, field sobriety tests, arrest, breathalyzer test and etc. as soon as you are released.

Do take photographs of the scene and any other relevant items from the night in question.

Do contact an experienced DUI lawyer as soon as possible because there are many things that can be done to help your case.

Do hire an experienced Tennessee DUI lawyer as soon as possible because this is a serious offense. A DUI is generally a class B Misdemeanor (but can be a 3rd  Degree Felony). A class B Misdemeanor can be up to 11 months 29 days in jail, thousands of dollars in fines and loss of your driver's license.

Do have your experienced Tennessee DUI lawyer challenge the prosecution on reasonable suspicion for the traffic stop, probable cause for the arrest, the breath test results/blood test results and etc.

Do tell your experienced Tennessee DUI lawyer whether the officer left you alone at any point in time after looking inside your mouth.

Do tell your experienced Knoxville DUI attorney whether you have any medical conditions related to your eyes, head, back, neck, hips, knees or ankles.

Do appear at all of your Court dates and DUI hearings.

Do see if there are any other individuals who could act as witnesses for us in your case and get their: name, address, telephone number and a brief description of what they know (do not provide this information to anyone other than your experienced DUI attorney).

Do tell your experienced DUI lawyer whether you have a commercial driver's license and whether you were operating a company vehicle or your personal vehicle during the night in question.

Do hire an skilled DUI attorney so he or she can immediately request all of your documents on the case (i.e. police reports, witness statements, photographs, dash cam videos, breath test results, blood test results, and etc.)

Do take this situation seriously.

Do have your experienced Knoxville DUI lawyer inform you of all of your constitutional rights.

Do tell the court that you are NOT guilty at your arraignment.

Do have your experienced DUI attorney request a Jury Trial.


Don't have any open containers of alcohol in your vehicle at any time.

Don't speed, swerve or have any equipment violations (i.e. headlights out, taillights out, or etc.) or an officer will stop you.

Don't roll your window all the way down and talk close to and/or right in the officer's face if you have been drinking.

Don't try to be funny, cute, difficult or argumentative with the officer.

Don't answer any questions from the officer other than to provide your name, driver's license, registration and insurance. In the United States of America you have the right to remain silent.

Don't perform any of the Field Sobriety Tests if you have been drinking or are on any drugs.

Don't lean up against your car or hold on to your car if an officer pulls you out of your vehicle.

Don't assume you are guilty simply because you were arrested for DUI.

Don't assume you are guilty simply because your breath test was greater than .08%

Don't assume you are guilty if you failed or did not perform well on any Field Sobriety Test.

Don't take this matter lightly.

Don't be afraid to contact an experienced DUI attorney to help you with this difficult situation.

Don't talk to anyone about your case except for an experienced DUI attorney.

Don't fail to appear before any Judge or administrative hearing officer.

Don't drive if your driver's license has been revoked, suspended or taken away.

Don't go to Court without an experienced DUI attorney!

Don't give up! An experienced DUI attorney who knows how to fight can keep you out of jail!

Remember Just because you have been charged with a Tennessee DUI doesn't mean your guilty.

Each DUI arrest is different in Tennessee, but note that The Garza Law Firm always starts with a goal of getting your case dismissed or reduced. if you have been arrested and charged with drunk driving in Tennessee it is vital that you contact a skilled DUI defense layer as soon as possible. Call the Garza Law Firm at (888) 540-8300 to schedule your free consultation today!