With around 20 million drivers pulled over annually across the United States each year, most people, at one time or another, will get pulled over by the police. What happens when they get pulled over will depend on what they do and how they approach the situation.
There are some mistakes you could avoid at all costs. By focusing on avoiding these errors, you’ll be in a better position to fight any ticket or charges you end up facing.
5 common mistakes made during DUI traffic stops
Avoid these five common mistakes if you want to help yourself during a traffic stop.
- Speaking too much
The first thing to remember is that you should not try to talk your way out of the situation. You should wait for the officer to approach you and only answer questions when it’s necessary. For example, you can give the officer your license and registration, but you’re under no obligation to give a highly detailed account of what you’re doing at the moment. The officer might suspect you’re drunk, but you don’t have to give them that information.
- Arguing with the officer
Being combative isn’t going to help anyone. Even if you disagree with what the officer is doing, stay respectful. You can ask to call an attorney if you’re arrested or wait to call one until you get home after a citation.
- Admitting you did something wrong
The easiest way to end up with a conviction is to admit that you did commit a crime. You don’t have to admit to drinking before getting into your vehicle. You don’t have to say you were at a bar or that you “had one too many.”
- Trying to outrun the cops
Even if you think you may end up with a DUI, don’t try to outrun the police. They already have your information, including your license plate, so there is no point in running. You could end up with more serious charges if you do.
- Refusing a Breathalyzer test
In most cases, it’s not a good idea to refuse a Breathalyzer test. Doing so could lead to you losing your license and having a harder time fighting a DUI.
These are five things to avoid doing if you’re pulled over. Don’t make these mistakes, and you’ll be better able to protect yourself.