Watch what you say after getting pulled over for a DUI

Getting pulled over in Illinois because an officer believes you are operating your vehicle while impaired is not the end of the world. However, if you had one or two drinks and run your mouth, you could find yourself in hot water with a DUI charge.

You may think you can talk your way out of having to perform field sobriety tests and an arrest. What you might not realize is anything you say could be used as evidence and may result in more criminal charges. Take some time to review a few things you should never say when dealing with law enforcement during a DUI stop.

Berating the officer

Alcohol can make people act in strange and unusual ways. If you had a few drinks and are feeling a certain way, you may feel inclined to become uncooperative and disrespectful towards the law enforcement agent. You should never say anything rude or disrespectful to law enforcement. You do not want to do anything to make his or her job harder or your situation more complicated.

Proclaiming your innocence

When a police officer is standing outside your vehicle asking for your driver’s license, registration, insurance and for you to get out of the vehicle, chances are you did something to draw her or his attention. Do not say things like, “I am not drunk,” “I only had a few drinks” or “That is not mine” (in reference to open alcohol container in place sight). You should never verbally confirm suspicions with statements that show guilt. When asked if you have been drinking, politely decline to answer. You have the right to avoid self-incrimination.

A DUI charge is not permanent until it becomes a conviction. However, that does not make it easier to deal with. If you end up with a DUI charge, you have the right to a fair and speedy trial to defend yourself. Watch what you say and do at all times to prevent issues with your defense.