Police officers are trained to spot drunk drivers. While they're not always right, if an officer believes you're drunk they're sure to pull you over to learn more.
If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the many mistakes you don't want to make:
- Fleeing in your vehicle: This is a huge mistake, as it can result in additional criminal charges. The moment you see police lights behind you is the moment you should move to the side of the road.
- Talking back: Do whatever it takes to remain polite and respectful throughout your interaction with the officer. Talking back gives the police an additional reason to believe you're under the influence of alcohol.
- Saying too much: You have the right to remain silent. If you don't understand a question or feel that it'll incriminate you, tell the officer you'd rather not answer.
- Lashing out if you're arrested: If you're put under arrest for driving under the influence, remain calm and take mental notes of everything that's happening. If you lash out verbally and/or physically, it is likely to result in additional charges, such as resisting arrest.
Once you're released from jail, your immediate attention should turn to the next steps in the legal process. There's no better time to collect evidence associated with your arrest, while also thinking about the defense strategy you can use to avoid a conviction.
You may be in a difficult spot, but don't lose sight of your legal rights. Just because you're charged with driving under the influence doesn't mean you'll receive a punishment.