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What Not to Say During a DUI Stop

When an officer pulls you over because they suspect that you’re driving under the influence, it can be extremely nerve-wracking. The moment you see those red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror, your heart starts to pound and your breathing changes. You’re not exactly thinking clearly.

When the officer walks up to the driver side window, he’s suspicious that you’ve been drinking and driving. You naturally feel threatened by the cops, so your first reaction is to answer all of his questions honestly, but is that the best thing for you to do? No, it’s not!

But lying isn’t an option either, so here’s what you do…

1. Don’t say something stupid.
You’d be surprised how many times people have said stupid things during a DUI traffic stop. They readily admit to drinking, they tell them they’re “buzzed” and sometimes they even say that they’re drunk.

Whatever you do, DON’T tell the officer that you’re somehow impaired.

These types of admissions are great ammunition for the prosecutor and we can guarantee you they will be used against you in court. They are very persuasive, and they’re evidence that’s collected before the suspect has had the chance to hire an attorney.

2. Don’t tell the officer that you have been drinking.
“What? Don’t I have to tell the truth when the officer asks me if I’ve been drinking?” No, you do not have to tell the officer that you had a couple of glasses of wine at dinner, nor do you have to tell him that you had a few beers before you left the house. So, what do you say?

You say, “With all due respect sir, I am not going to answer that question. I am not under any legal obligation to answer your questions.” Make sure that you are very polite though. Just remember that legally, you’re not obligated to tell them if or where you’ve been drinking.

3. Don’t be disrespectful to the officer.
Every day officers are putting their lives on the line and they deal with a lot of rotten people. That last thing they need is for you to be unreasonably rude to them, especially after they’ve had a bad day. Our advice is not to say anything that will aggravate the officer.

When it’s 1:30 am and no one’s on the road, it’s just you and the officer for the next half an hour or so. It won’t be a fair playing field until you hire a lawyer.

But when it’s during the day and you’re in court and you have a DUI defense attorney advocating on your behalf, you’re on even ground. In the meantime, be polite and respectful to our law enforcement officers.

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