If you’re stopped by the police and the officer believes that you may be operating your vehicle under the influence, it’s important to know your rights and what to do next. Taking the right steps now could help you build a stronger case against the accusations, so that you have a lower chance of being convicted.
There are some basic rules you can follow to make the situation easier. Here are four to remember.
- Be polite
One of the best things you can do when you’re stopped by the police is to be as polite as you can be. If the officer asks for your license, provide it to them. Let them know if you’re reaching for something, like your insurance documents, and don’t try to start a conflict by arguing.
Doing this is helpful, because you’ll be on better terms with the officer and also show that you’re in good control of your behavior.
- Remember not to say too much
The next thing to remember is that you shouldn’t say too much. Anything you say to the police could be used against you later, so don’t talk about your night out or try to explain yourself.
- Don’t resist the Breathalyzer test (in most cases)
If you are asked to take a Breathalyzer test, you usually should take it. There are some cases in which doing so might be a bad idea, such as if you know you’re well over the limit, but for most people, refusing is going to cause more problems than anything else.
When you refuse the test, you will automatically lose your license. If you take it, even if it’s high, you may have the opportunity to save your license.
- Don’t run or fight with the police over being arrested
Like the first point, remember that your behavior matters. If you are being arrested for an OUI, go with the police. Stay polite and respectful. This kind of control over your actions may help prove that you were not too impaired to be driving.
Your attorney will help you fight the charges after your arrest. Until then, remember that you do have a right to say quiet, so you don’t say anything that could incriminate yourself.