Police officers are trained to maintain law and order while ensuring public safety. Part of this involves getting drunk drivers off public roads. If the police have reason to believe that you are driving under the influence of alcohol, they will pull you over for an investigation.
If you are stopped for a DUI investigation, it is important to understand that your case begins right there and then. What you do, or say, during this encounter will greatly impact the outcome of your case.
Here are two things to avoid during a DUI stop.
Pretending to have advanced legal knowledge
Sometimes, telling the officer that you know your rights is an indicator that you, in fact, know nothing about your rights after all. The officer is likely to interpret this as intimidation so they do not carry out their duty. Even if you have a law degree, it is in your best interest that you do not interfere with law enforcement’s work. If they duly ask you to identify yourself, step out of the car or take a chemical test, it is in your best interest that you comply. For instance, refusing to yield to a chemical test ostensibly because it is a violation of your rights can land you in serious trouble.
Claiming to have only had one drink
During the DUI stop, they will likely ask if you have been drinking before getting behind the wheel. And you might be inclined to respond that all you had was a glass of wine after dinner. However, this admission will only prompt the police to initiate further tests.
It is not up to you to determine whether you are too drunk to drive or not. That is the work of the police. Also, keep in mind that alcohol affects people differently. If upon administering the chemical test, the police establish that your blood alcohol content (BAC) level exceeds the legal limit, they will pursue charges.
Driving under the influence is a serious crime under Texas laws. However, understanding your legal rights and obligations during the DUI stop can help you avoid costly mistakes that can jeopardize your DUI case.