One of the most well-known tropes of cop television shows is a person’s right to remain silent. This Miranda Warning protects people from making incriminating statements. Anyone placed under arrest has a right to consult with a lawyer first before talking directly to law enforcement.
A DUI arrest can greatly upend your life. Everything you say and do from the moment the police officer pulls you over impacts the ultimate outcome. You may need to provide basic information to the officer, but there are certain things you should avoid telling authorities when you are still in your car and when you are at the station.
1. How much you had to drink
Some drivers think it is best to admit to the amount of alcohol they had that evening. Perhaps a person only had one glass of wine for dinner. Admitting to it is only going to hurt your cause. Even if your blood alcohol content is less than 0.08 percent, an officer can still arrest you for driving under the influence, especially if he or she pulled you over because you swerved in the road.
2. Where you are going
When an officer brings you to the station, he or she may engage in what seems to be small talk. The officer may ask you simple questions, such as “Where were you heading this evening?” You do not have to answer. The reason law enforcement asks questions like this is that they want to find inconsistencies in your story. You may provide one response right now but remember a detail later. The court can use any inconsistencies against you.
There is no reason to lie to a police officer. Instead, if he or she asks you something you do not want to answer, then you simply need to say, “I do not wish to answer any questions at this time, thank you.”