Not many things are as frightening as being stopped by the police. If you are pulled over for a DUI investigation, you only have a couple of minutes to collect yourself and encounter the police. But, do you know how you should conduct yourself during a DUI stop?
It is not uncommon to be nervous during a DUI stop, especially if it is your first stop. However, it helps to understand that what you do can profoundly impact your case. Here are a few things you should never do if you are stopped for a DUI investigation:
Do not speed off
If you had one for the road, you may be inclined to make a few bad decisions like speeding off. Never flee a lawful police stop. In doing so, your problems will quickly pile up and include evading the police. And this will come with its own share of consequences. Additionally, this could give the police the impression that you are a dangerous person.
Do not start a fight
Anything you do from the moment you are signaled to stop will affect the outcome of your case. Never pick up a fight with the investigating officer as doing so could amount to obstruction – and this can complicate matters for you. Even if the police appear to be violating your rights, do not fight. Instead, stay calm and raise the matter with your legal counsel.
Do not answer incriminating questions
It is not uncommon for the police to ask questions like, “Have you been out drinking?” or “How many drinks did you have?” While these questions may seem harmless, do keep in mind that an affirmative answer to either could implicate you should the matter go to trial. Even if the police do not inform you about your Miranda rights, do keep in mind that you have the right to remain silent.
Driving under influence is a serious offense with serious legal and collateral consequences. Find out how you can protect your rights effectively when charged with drunk driving in Tennessee. Call Quinn Law firm at 814-240-6792 to discuss your case.