Being polite to the police can make their procedure and your experience smoother, especially when you are stopped for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other drugs. If the police have reasonable suspicion of drunk driving and they stop you, it can help to know how to manage the situation.
Here are four tips that can help you stay calm and polite (and keep the situation from escalating):
1. Use proper titles
When speaking to the police at a DUI stop, always use words that show you respect their authority, including “sir,” “ma’am” and “officer.” How you address the police is integral to the direction the stop can take.
2. Do not argue
Arguing can work to your disadvantage at a DUI stop. If you believe the administered tests have given the wrong results, stay calm while you consider your defense options. Being rude or arguing with the police will not prevent them from charging you if their tests show you are intoxicated.
3. Follow instructions
It will be best to follow the instructions the police officer gives you. Follow the procedure they ask you to when blowing in the Breathalyzer or when given other orders. Not following their instructions can create unnecessary conflicts and stress.
4. Don’t say anything unnecessary
Not saying much at a DUI stop can save you from saying the wrong thing. You can provide personal details and politely decline to answer questions concerning drinking. These include questions about where you were, what you had to drink and when you last drank.
You should never give the police a reason to believe you are not in control of yourself at a DUI stop. If you are charged with a DUI, it may be time to get legal help to defend yourself.