Being accused of any crime is a serious situation that can be disheartening and nerve-wracking. Many fear the consequences and the legal battles that may lie ahead. Often, the criminal offense is alleged to be driving while intoxicated. We constantly hear about DUIs and how a large number of drivers face stiff criminal penalties for DUI charges.
Sadly, police officers often quickly jump to the conclusion that a driver is driving under the influence. Whether or not it is true, you are still human and have rights. It is important that when pulled over, you stand your ground in a polite and respectful manner.
When you are being questioned and accused of a DUI it is important that you know not to incriminate yourself. Three things to remember in order to not incriminate yourself of a driving under the influence offences are:
- Remain silent. You will be asked a barrage of questions by the officers. You have the right to remain silent. Only answer questions about your identity if you are asked.
- Duck questions that imply you’re guilty. The officers at the scene will ask many questions about how much you have had to drink and other questions related to intoxication. Do not answer any questions regarding admission of drinking.
- Be nice. It is important that you remain polite through the situation. It may be frustrating and you may want to argue with the officers. It is important to respond to the police with politeness while not giving too much information.
If you have been accused of a DUI, it is important to know that you still have legal options. To discuss your situation with an experienced criminal law attorney, call 757.625.1214 today.