It can be hard to know what to do, or what to say if you are pulled over by a police officer. This is true whether you have been driving too fast, changing lanes too quickly, or have had a little bit to drink before taking the wheel. But keeping a cool head and calm demeanor can go a long way towards results that make sense for the stop. If you are pulled over, always remain calm and give short but polite answers to the officer. If you are being stopped for a DUI, you will most likely be asked to step out of the car and take part in a field sobriety test. While it might be tempting to talk back or make jokes, it is important to remember what you say might be used against you later.
Comedian Rod Man has a funny one liner regarding a DUI stop and field sobriety test that goes like this “this was not a ‘field” sobriety test, because we weren’t in no field, we were on the road. If we were in the field, I could have run away better”. This joke is good for a laugh, but if you are facing a real DUI, here are three things not to say when you get pulled over:
- I’m sorry.
- I have not had anything to drink.
- I’ve had a few drinks, but don’t feel drunk.
The first statement can be taken as an admission, the second may show to be untrue, and the third is also considered an admission that you have at least been drinking before driving. It is best to answer only the question asked, and do so politely. The law is that by driving on the state’s roadways, you give your consent to be tested for how much alcohol is in your system, but you can refuse the test. However, doing so opens a complex legal door, so should only be done if you are certain your results will not show a level over the legal limit. We understand how confusing this all sounds, which is why we are here to help. Our experienced DUI defense attorneys know how to put on an effective defense, and can help minimize the impact a DUI arrest has on your record. Call today for more information.
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