When you are stopped by a police officer and they suspect you are drinking and driving, they will pay careful attention to what you say and how you say it. While it’s always in your best interest to invoke your right to stay silent, here are some things you definitely don’t want to say if you’re being stopped for a DUI.
“I Only Had X to Drink”
Commonly, people will say they only had one beer or they had a beer several hours before driving. They believe this can get them off the hook, but in the eyes of the law, it’s nothing more than an admission of drinking and then getting behind the wheel.
“I Came from X Bar” or “I Just Left X Party”
The officer who stopped you will likely as you where you were coming from and where you are going. However, you don’t have to answer this question, contrary to popular belief. “I have no comment” is a perfectly acceptable answer. You don’t want to admit to a police officer that you were coming from a bar, a party, or anywhere else where alcohol can be perceived as the focus.
“I Haven’t Been Drinking, I Just Took My Medicine”
Often, people will attempt to write their slurred speech and poor coordination off on certain medicines that they take. This may seem like a good idea, but “driving under the influence” also counts towards drugs, even ones that are prescribed. A DUI can be charged in any case where the officer believes that an individual has consumed alcohol or drugs that impairs the ability to drive.” Suggesting that you took medicine that slurs your speech or causes you to become uncoordinated is again, just an admission in the eyes of the law.
What Should You Say?
If none of the above are good things to say when you’re stopped for a DUI, what should you say? In most cases, nothing. You are only legally required to provide the officer your license, registration, and proof of insurance. You may even hand them over without speaking to the officer. You may let the officer know that you wish to remain silent. The officer might not like it much, but you are well within your legal rights to say nothing at all during a DUI stop.
If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, be sure to contact an experienced DUI lawyer as soon as possible. Call J. Christopher Llinas at (443) 235-5793.