As a San Francisco DUI attorney, many clients inquire about how to avoid a DUI charge in the first place. I have discussed the "rules of the road" which give the San Francisco police officer or California Highway Patrol officer probable cause to stop your vehicle.
THere are other things you can do before you even go out for a few drinks, whether it's a road trip to San Jose, or a short trip to the Richmond District. Know your vehicle. If you are uncomfortable or unfamiliar with your car, you are more likely to make mistakes. If you fit in this category, sit in the car before you leave. Take a moment to know where everything is before you start to drive. Simple things such as turn signal levers, emergency brake lights, headlights, high beams, windshield wipers and so on. Adjust the seat and steering wheel BEFORE you drive away.
If you normally drive a car with a clutch, acclimate yourself to an automatic transmission. Drive the vehicle for a while before you make your trip.
Another thing you should do is make sure everything works in the vehicle. All the lights are in good working order, the registration tags are current, and so on. Avoid being stopped simply because your tail light is out, or broken.
Taking the time to go over the car itself can make your evening more enjoyable, and avoids an arrest for a vehicle infraction while you're driving home in San Francisco. Don't make the officer's job easy.
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