What to Say if Pulled Over for DUI
If you see blue lights in your rearview mirror, no matter what, it is stressful. That is especially true if the officer might suspect you of a DUI. That is why it is important to take a deep breath, try to stay calm, and think carefully about what you say during the stop. The most important thing is to be polite. And to avoid incriminating yourself. You cannot talk yourself out of a DUI, but you can avoid saying things that make you look guilty. Here are things you should and should not say if you’re pulled over for a DUI or traffic stop.
What You Should NOT Say
“I am drunk.” or “I have been drinking a little bit.”
You will not get any points for volunteering information from an officer. Any statement that admits you have been consuming alcohol will only hurt you. It is best to remain silent or politely decline to answer the question.
“I have been convicted of DUI in another state. Can you give me a break?”
Giving an officer incriminating information of any kind can only bolster their case. Do not volunteer any new information that may help them find evidence against you.
What You Should Say
“I do not know why you pulled me over.”
The officer will probably ask you if you know why you were stopped. You can clearly and politely state that you do not know. Don’t say things like, “Was I swerving?” or “I guess I was speeding,” as this makes it sound like you are admitting to something.
“May I reach for my license and registration?”
Calmly explaining where your documents are located can diffuse tension. Officers are under stress too. And they are on guard for confrontation. So keep your hands visible and avoid sudden movements.
“I prefer not to take a field sobriety test.”
You have the right to refuse field sobriety evaluations. The results are evidence that can be used against you in a court case, so if you are pulled over for a suspicion of a DUI, you should politely decline these tests.
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If you have been pulled over for a DUI, it can be an upsetting and life-changing event. We understand that you may say things you regret. The best thing you can do is find an experienced DUI lawyer to help you with your case.