Some of the biggest mistakes we’ve seen DUI clients make with their cases happen before the individual is even arrested. In fact, many of the mistakes people make when they are very first pulled over on suspicion of a DUI not only lead to later complications with their defense in court, but sometimes also end up being the “final straw” that turns what would have been a routine traffic stop into actual drunk-driving charges.
While an officer must have legitimate reasons to pull you over and charge you with driving drunk or drugged, it is ultimately up to the officer’s judgment at the time of the traffic stop. Unfortunately, many people—out of fear or nerves—do or say things during traffic stops that give officers enough reason to move ahead with an arrest.
If you are pulled over, be careful not to accidentally convince the officer that you need to be arrested or otherwise “talk your way into a ticket.”
While your initial reaction may be to plead, nervously gush about your innocence, or argue with the officer, it’s important that you attempt to remain calm and say as little as possible. If you panic or lose control of your emotions, it’s likely that you will do or say something that could be used against you later or provide “evidence” to officers that you are under the influence and unfit to drive. Instead, be polite, follow instructions, and contact an attorney to further discuss the situation if you are arrested or charged with an offense.
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