Tips To Avoid Common Mistakes During A Dui Traffic Stop

On Behalf of | Aug 24, 2023 | Blog, DUI

When the police stop you on suspicion of driving under the influence, the way you handle the traffic stop can significantly affect the outcome. Unfortunately, many people make potentially serious mistakes when stopped for DUI, and those mistakes can lead to jail time and costly fines.

You should avoid some of the most common mistakes to protect yourself in the event of a DUI traffic stop.

Avoid making any admissions

Remember that you have a right to remain silent when questioned by the police. Exercise that right and avoid admitting to any alcohol or substance use. Exercising your right to silence protects you from potentially providing too much information about your activities or your whereabouts. The less you say, the better.

Refuse the field sobriety and chemical tests

Field sobriety tests evaluate your balance and coordination. The tests can be challenging even for sober individuals. You may struggle if you suffer from balance and mobility challenges.

You also have the right to refuse any portable blood alcohol testing. Equipment is fallible and officers may lack training, which could lead to questionable results. Decline the testing in the absence of a court order.

Require a warrant for any search

If the officer asks for consent to search your vehicle without a warrant, you have the right to decline. Allowing a search could result in further complications depending on what they find. If the officer has the grounds for a search, they can get a warrant to do so.

According to the CDC, 1.5% of California’s adult drivers admit to driving after alcohol consumption in the last 30 days. Avoiding some of the most common pitfalls of a DUI traffic stop can help you preserve your freedom. Consider these points and exercise your rights if an officer stops you.