Being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other drugs can easily lead to serious consequences. You can lose your driving privileges, pay fines or go to jail. Your future may also be jeopardized – a DUI on your driving record can affect your job and housing opportunities. Thus, you should be careful about the steps you take during a DUI arrest.
Below are three mistakes to avoid:
Refusing to comply
If the police arrest you for a DUI, you have the right to remain silent. But this does not mean refusing to communicate with the officers. If they ask you a question, such as, “ How much have you had to drink tonight?” you can politely remind them about your Fifth Amendment right to protection from self-incrimination.
Refusing to take a breathalyzer test
It’s unlawful to unreasonably refuse to provide samples of breath for a chemical test. Your privilege to drive can be suspended for this.
Joking with the officers
Police officers don’t like jokes when working. Thus, making jokes at a DUI stop to befriend or charm them can disadvantage you. While the officers can’t arrest you for joking, you may make them believe you are overcompensating.
After giving samples of your breath, stay calm and wait for further instructions.
Making sudden movements
The police will ask you to sit tight while they conduct their procedures. You should do so. Do not make sudden movements, as this might suggest hiding an open container of alcohol or reaching for a weapon. Try to stay put.
Anything you do or say during a DUI stop can be used against you. If you are arrested for DUI, seek legal guidance to protect yourself.