The flashing lights in your rearview mirror indicated trouble, and you knew it. After one too many drinks with work colleagues, and some questionable driving en route home, a law enforcement officer stopped you on suspicion of drunk driving.
It is in your best interest to maintain a calm demeanor and clearly listen to what the arresting officer says to you. Do not follow up on your initial mistake by committing other mistakes that could lead to much more serious legal consequences.
Disregarding the officer
You do not want a DUI conviction. After an initial arrest, committing any of the following mistakes may lead to complications that are difficult to overcome:
- Excessive talking: Sharing too much information may lead to the spilling out of details that authorities may use to convict you. An arresting officer hopes that you make incriminating statements. You do not have to answer any questions other than providing your name, driver’s license, vehicle registration and auto insurance policy.
- Disregarding the officer’s instructions: It is a no-no to promptly get out of your vehicle. Stay inside your car and listen to the officer when he or she says things such as “Keep your hands out where I can see them.” Any sudden movement on your part may lead to a tragic consequence.
- Becoming a know-it-all: You are in no position to let the officer know how much you know about the law. Admonishing the officer for alleged mistakes during the arrest can only hurt you, potentially leading to additional charges.
- Resisting, assaulting or fleeing an officer: Any of these actions only worsen the situation, potentially leading to tragic consequences for you and any unsuspecting driver and pedestrians. You also will face a myriad of charges including felonies.
It is best to remain calm after a DUI arrest. Mistakes you make later on may lead to an avalanche of problems.
You already know that you made a mistake. Do not make things worse by talking too much or acting out. Since you want this charge dismissed or reduced, try to be on your best behavior after a DUI arrest.