Getting pulled over while drinking and driving is an intimidating situation.
Ideally, you would never drink and drive, but if it happens and you find yourself facing questions from the police, there are three important things you should not do.
1. Do not admit to drinking
Officers will question you if they suspect you are under the influence of alcohol while driving. If you did have a drink, your best option is not to speak. However, that is often difficult. You could say you prefer not to respond but never lie to the officers.
2. Do not take a roadside test
You can expect pressure if you refuse to respond to questions about drinking. The officer’s next step is likely a field sobriety test. You can and should politely decline to participate. Even if you had one drink, nerves could cause you to fumble words or misunderstand the officer’s instructions, and officers have full discretion in determining whether or not you pass or fail.
The officer may also ask you to take a chemical test. You should refuse, regardless of the consequences. If arrested, you will take one later at the station.
3. Do not resist arrest
Refusing roadside testing and questioning typically results in an arrest. While this is stressful and frustrating, never resist. Comply with the officers and remain completely silent in the police car.
Keep in mind that arrest and conviction are not the same. If you avoid these three things, you may have a stronger case for disputing the charges.