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“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say may be used against you…” We’ve all seen it on TV, yet most drivers when pulled over choose not to exercise this right. We tend to assume that once we are stopped, we have a duty to prove our innocence. This is absolutely untrue. But when drivers get nervous, they tend to make statements which they believe will get them out of trouble and it often results in the exact opposite. Here are two classic mistakes you should never make.
1. “Officer I was at a bar but I did not drink.”
NO! Until you answered that question, the officer most likely did not know that you were coming from a bar. You very well could have been at a library, a coffee shop, or even at home. But when you admit to having been at a bar several things have gone wrong. First, that officer may now have enough evidence to warrant a full DWI investigation. Second, that response may be used to arrest you, and later to convict you. Judges, juries, and prosecutors do not like the sound of someone going to a bar and saying they did not drink. So please take a deep breath and say, “Officer, I have been advised not to answer questions about where I was prior to any traffic stops.”
2. “Yes I was drinking, but I only had two beers.”
Drivers think they are proving that they only had two beers, but in reality you have just handed them evidence that you were in fact drinking prior to the stop. REMEMBER you are innocent until proven guilty. Your silence is your best friend and goes a long way in defending you in court, and potentially getting your charges dismissed. Help us help you and tell the officer “I apologize, but I have been advised not to answer questions about what I was doing prior to any traffic stops.”