Should a police officer pull you over for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, it’s critical that you take all the right steps while avoiding mistakes that can complicate your situation.
With so much happening and tension at an all-time high, it’s easy to slip-up and make a mistake that can harm you in the future.
Here are three common mistakes to avoid during a DUI traffic stop:
- Admitting that you had a drink: Even if you tell the officer you only had one drink, you’re providing evidence that police can use against you as your case moves through the court system. The officer may push for you to admit that you were drinking, but you should politely turn them down.
- Consenting to a search of your vehicle: In your mind, you’re thinking you have nothing to hide. You’re also thinking if the officer finds nothing, they’ll let you go on your way. But there’s a problem with this. Even innocent objects, such as a friend’s prescription drug bottle, can result in serious criminal charges. You have the right to refuse, so it’s never a good idea to consent to a search of your vehicle.
- Resisting arrest: You do everything you can to prevent an arrest for driving under the influence, but that’s not always enough. If the officer informs you that you’re under arrest, go along with what they’re requesting for the time being. It’s better to cooperate than to resist. Not only does it prevent the risk of injury, but it helps you avoid additional criminal charges that can complicate your case.
It’s easy to assume that you’d never make one or more of these mistakes, but with so much stress during a traffic stop you could easily go down the wrong path.
Regardless of the details surrounding your arrest and criminal charges, don’t give in. You have the right to fight the charges in court, and if you’re successful in doing so it’s possible to prevent a conviction. And when that happens, you don’t have to concern yourself with serious penalties such as jail time, community service and a license suspension.