According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), “Each day, people drive drunk more than 300,000 times, but only about 2800 are arrested.” MADD goes on to say, “In 2013, 9.9 million people (3.8% of the population) reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs.” Furthermore, young people, between the ages of 18 and 25, had the highest incidence of driving under the influence of illegal drugs, MAAD reported.
Clearly, driving under the influence is an epidemic in the United States and the vast majority of people who drink and drive are not caught. While only driving when sober is the safest solution, if you are ever stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), you want to avoid saying and doing the wrong things. Our advice is to avoid making these common DUI mistakes:
1. Refusing to stop. If you’re driving along and all of a sudden, you notice red and blue lights flashing in your rear-view mirror, please turn on your blinker and pull over as soon as it’s safe. If you slam on the escalator and flee the officer, you run the risk of getting into a crash, striking a pedestrian, overturning your vehicle, and facing additional criminal charges for evading a police officer.
2. Being rude to the officer. Police officers put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities for minimal pay. Sometimes, they’ve had so many interactions with hardened criminals that they’re not the friendliest. Regardless of an officer’s attitude during a DUI stop, it’s important that you remain calm and polite, and that you keep your attitude in check. One of the quickest ways to an arrest is to be rude and belligerent.
3. Being 100% truthful. Okay, maybe you were driving home from Happy Hour and you happened to have four margaritas. While this may be the truth, you don’t need to volunteer it. If the officer asks you, “How much did you have to drink tonight?” you are under no obligation to answer him or her. Our advice: politely decline to answer the officer’s question about if you drank and how much you drank.
4. Lying to the officer. While being 100% about your recent alcohol intake is a no-no when you’ve been drinking, it’s equally wrong to lie to the officer. If you say something to the effect of, “I had one drink at the bar” and your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) results come back at 0.10%, the prosecutor and the jury will know that you were lying. At that point, you’d lose all credibility in court.
We hope this information helps you if you’re ever pulled over for DUI in Orange County. If it’s too late and you’ve already made one of these mistakes, contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. for a free DUI defense consultation!