Being pulled over for drunk driving can be frightening. Obviously, you will be nervous and scared. After all, the consequences of a DUI conviction can be devastating.
However, if you are stopped for a DUI check, it is important to understand that you only have a couple of minutes to compose yourself and avoid costly mistakes that can ruin your case.
Here are some of the things you should never say to the police if you are stopped for a DUI check.
I just had one beer. I can’t be drunk
If the police stop you for drunk driving, they will likely ask if you have been out drinking. You might innocently respond that you only had one beer and that you do not feel drunk. However, the police will certainly now know that you were drinking and are more likely to test you.
It is not your job to determine whether you have exceeded to legal limit or not. Leave that to the police. Remember that drinks affect people in different ways, so trying to count your drinks to stay under the limit could lead to you being over the limit when you thought you were fine.
I had some drinks, but that was several hours ago
Claiming that it’s been several hours since you took alcohol will not convince the police that your system is clean. Remember, it takes hours before your blood can be free of alcohol. And the more alcohol you have, the longer it will take to be clean and pass the breathalyzer test.
The consequences of a DUI conviction can be far-reaching. Knowing your rights and responsibilities when arrested can help you avoid common pitfalls that can hurt your DUI case.