People are pulled over on a suspicion of driving under the influence routinely by the police. This can happen to you, even if your blood alcohol level isn't over the legal limit. It can even happen if you haven't had anything to drink at all. The key thing to remember is to not make the situation worse. The following are a few mistakes you should avoid.
Being verbally abusive or uncooperative
The officer who pulled you over has a reason for doing so. You may not like being pulled over, but if you become uncooperative, it will only make matters worse. Yelling, screaming, or being argumentative is not going to help you. Doing any of these things could result in additional charges. The first thing they say to you may or may not give you an explanation as to why they pulled your you over. They will, however, ask you for your license, registration, and proof of insurance. Be polite, and give them the information you are legally obligated to provide them. If you are told to get out of the car, then do so.
Agreeing to a field sobriety test
Often a police officer wants to put you through a series of physical tests to determine whether you are drunk. There is no reason to agree to this. If an officer wants you to perform these tests, it is likely that they already believe you are under the influence. It is highly unlikely that you will demonstrate to the officer's satisfaction that they were wrong in their suspicions. In addition, you may have a medical condition that hurts your chances of passing such a test, or perhaps you are just tired and lose your balance. To make matters worse, in some jurisdictions these field sobriety tests are recorded on video. If you are asked to take a field sobriety test, politely turn down the request.
Continuing to talk after you're arrested
Once you have been placed under arrest, nothing you say is going to help you. Regardless of what you may think, nothing you say is going to convince a police officer to change their mind, take the handcuffs off, and let you go on your way. When you are read your rights, you will be told that anything you say can and will be held against you. This is true. If an officer continues to question you after you're arrested, simply be polite and inform them that you wish to speak to an attorney. If you continue to talk, you only make it more difficult for an attorney to defend you.
At your first opportunity, speak to an attorney. Your attorney will be the only person working in your best interest. By avoiding the mistakes listed above, you will be giving a lawyer the best chance to defend you in court.Share