You see flashing lights. You see the blue and white car behind you. You aren’t sure what to do. You had a couple beers earlier. You don’t have a driver’s license or insurance. As you pull over, you decide to be cooperative, and maybe the cop will give you a break. Right?
As you pull over, you decide to be cooperative, and maybe the cop will give you a break. Right?
This is where most people make their first HUGE mistake. They start talking…
I hate to break it to you, but if you can’t show the cop a valid driver’s license, you are going to jail. Period. Rather than thinking about the short-term effects of an arrest (ie. missing work, getting your car towed), let’s improve your chances of winning your DUI case down the road. The following are a few tips you can use if you are arrested and you have been drinking/using drugs:
If you want to stay safe and alive, never run from the police.
Don't give a fake name.
You will be charged with an additional crime.
There is absolutely nothing you can say to help yourself. Don't explain. Don't beg for mercy. Don't say you only had a few beers. Simply, shut up. The only exception to this is the next rule.
Ask for a lawyer immediately.
It doesn't matter if you can't afford a lawyer. Ask for one anyway. The minute you do, the officers must stop talking to you.
Don't take any tests.
The officer asks you to take tests to observe your motor skills. But, no matter how you think you performed, the cop will say you failed.
If the officer asks you to do any of the following, say “NO!”:
- Sign anything
- Touch your finger to your nose
- Walk a straight line
- Stand on one leg
- Say the alphabet
- Follow his pen or flashlight with your eyes
- Tell him how many drinks you had, what kind or how long ago you drank them
Don't blow in the breathalyzer. Don't take a urine or blood test.
These tests show how much you had to drink. Don't try to beat the science. You will lose.
The best way to beat a DUI is to never be charged with one. The next time you drink, call a friend or take a cab!
If you're worred about keeping your license, check out this infographic from the ChicagoTribune.