Seeing the red and blue lights in your rearview mirror can be stressful in any situation. If you’ve had a few drinks, it can be downright scary.
However, it’s important to understand that you have rights when pulled over, including a suspected DUI. To protect these rights, you should avoid some of the most common mistakes made.
Admitting you were drinking
Even if you had just one drink with dinner, you shouldn’t volunteer this information to the police. You also don’t have to reveal this information if they ask. In fact, it’s best to avoid mentioning that you were drinking at all.
If you say this, it will be used against you down the road. While this is true, lying is also not a good idea. If you are asked if you were drinking, just tell them you don’t want to answer the question.
Don’t agree to field sobriety testing
Most field sobriety tests are subjective. The police use them to determine if you are drinking, but the outcome is based on what the officer “thinks.” No matter the results, they can be used against you as “proof” of your illegal activities. Keep in mind that you have the right to refuse these tests with no legal penalties, and thanks to an update to Georgia law, refusal cannot be used against you in court. However, this isn’t the case with chemical tests, so keep that in mind.
Avoiding mistakes during a suspected DUI stop
Being pulled over for suspected DUI by the police can be a stressful experience. While this is true, you can protect yourself by knowing your rights and avoiding the mistakes above. This will help you avoid making a bad situation worse for yourself.