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Florida DUIs: What Not to Say to Police When Pulled Over

By Hager & Schwartz, P.A.

November 13, 2020

Know Your Miranda Rights

If you are familiar with the Miranda Rights, you probably have heard the phrase "anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law." This is especially true if someone has been pulled over for suspicion of DUI.

Here are the top three ways you should not respond to an officer in this instance:

“I Just Came From a Party/Bar”

If you say that you just came from a party or a bar, the first thing the officer will likely do is have you get out of the car and perform a series of tests to determine your level of intoxication. Even if you are the designated driver or you weren’t drinking, saying this to an officer that pulls you over can result in tests to determine if you are telling the truth. If you have been drinking, the officer can use this statement to testify against you in the DUI case, resulting in you being arrested and tried.

“The Alcohol Isn’t Mine”

Telling an officer of the law that any open or consumed alcoholic beverage containers in your car aren’t yours raises suspicions. At this point, he or she will ask you to step out of the vehicle while he/she searches. Anything gathered from the car becomes evidence. If an officer notices alcohol cans or bottles and asks about them, don’t say anything unless you know for certain that you are sober.

Swearing at the Officer or Screaming/Being Loud

Being belligerent is often a sign of alcohol consumption. People get loud when they’ve had a few drinks. Swearing occurs as a result of being angry about being pulled over. Don’t yell, scream, or swear at the officer about anything.

Remain quiet and calm. Doing so not only removes the suspicion that you may have had a drink or two, but it also helps your case. Any kind of aggressive behavior towards an officer can only make it worse.

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