What to Know About DUI Passengers

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Each year, in California, plenty of people are pulled over by police on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). Something many people don't consider until it directly impacts them, however, is what happens to the passengers involved in a DUI stop. Whether in Rocklin, Roseville, or beyond, it is important to know what passengers should do during a DUI stop.

This past week, the big DUI news was Reese Witherspoon's husband being pulled over and ultimately arrested for suspicion of DUI. But it didn't stop there. News sources report that the actress, who was the passenger in the vehicle, ended up getting arrested herself. As the passenger in a DUI case she could have avoided getting arrested and being subjected to the public embarrassment that came along with it. Using her celebrity status, she was concerned with making sure the arresting officer knew who she was. Unfortunately, she was more concerned with that than she was with avoiding getting arrested herself.

Passengers of a DUI should avoid arguing with the police officer as Reese Witherspoon did. By arguing with the officer, she ended up getting arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Any time someone gets pulled over for DUI, there is a chance that the passenger will become involved, and may even face charges. Arguing with the police officer, as Reese did, is one route whereby the passenger ends up arrested.

In addition, some states have laws that allow the passenger to be charged with a secondary DUI, reckless endangerment, or other offenses. If minor passengers are in the vehicle during the time of a DUI arrest, the driver may receive additional charges, including a reckless endangerment or child endangerment charge. The best way for an adult passenger to avoid also being cited or arrested during a DUI is to avoid providing more information than needed, and opting not to get out of the vehicle and argue with the police, as Reese Witherspoon did.

Drivers who have passengers, especially children, in the vehicle during the DUI may end up receiving additional or more severe penalties. Those who have received a DUI should always speak with an attorney in order to determine the best way to handle the case. Whether around the Roseville and Rocklin areas or throughout California, working with an attorney is the only way to ensure the best possible outcome for the DUI case, for both the driver and the passenger.

The Law Offices of Terry L. Gilbeau provides personalized counsel to clients in a variety of business and personal matters, including creditors rights, debt collection, products liability and international transaction issues. His office is located in Rocklin, CA, just outside of Sacramento, CA, near Roseville, Lincoln, Auburn, in Placer County and can be reached at (916-626-5539) or email Terry at tgilbeau@gilbeaulaw.com. Click here for the firm website http://www.gilbeaulaw.com/

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