In the event that you’re pulled over for suspicion of DUI, it’s natural to have concerns about what will unfold over the next few minutes. While the officer will do their part in determining if you’ve broken the law, there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
Here are some tips you can follow to reduce the risk of a DUI taking a turn for the worse, which typically means you’re put under arrest.
- Don’t start talking: If you begin to talk, such as by telling the officer you did nothing wrong, two things will happen. First off, it looks like you’re trying to cover something up. Secondly, you could say the wrong thing, such as telling the officer that you “only had one or two drinks.” When in doubt, keep your mouth shut.
- Maintain a high level of respect for the officer: Forget about how they’re treating you for a second. Even if you don’t particularly care for their demeanor, it’s critical that you remain respectful. Should you begin to push back in any way, the officer has more reason to dig around.
- Don’t resist arrest: This may seem like the worst thing that could happen during a DUI stop, and you’re right for the most part. However, if you resist arrest, such as by attempting to run from the officer, you’re only making matters worse on yourself. This can result in additional criminal charges, while also putting your safety and well-being at risk. If the officer tells you that you’re under arrest, maintain your silence and follow direction. Resisting or talking back both have the potential to result in more trouble.
Even if you’re relatively sure that your blood alcohol content level is not above the legal limit, it’s critical that you do whatever you can to protect your legal rights during a traffic stop.
Should you be put under arrest, don’t argue, fight back or explain your legal rights. Go along with what the officer tells you, wait until you’re released and then turn your attention to implementing a defense strategy that can help you avoid a conviction.