If you are a motorist, there is a pretty good chance that you will be stopped by the police for some reason during your lifetime. And if you have ever been pulled over, you know full well how those flashing red and blue lights can trigger fear and anxiety. Being pulled over on suspicion of driving under influence (DUI) is even more serious.
DUI is a serious offense in the state of Minnesota. A conviction can result in the suspension of your driver’s license, fines and even jail time. While the uncertainty of a DUI traffic stop can be overwhelming, what you do when you are pulled over can have a great impact on your case.
Here are costly mistakes that can hurt your case when you have been pulled over on DUI suspicion.
Admitting guilt right away
When law enforcement approaches your window, they will probably want to ask you a couple of questions. The officer may even ask you right away if you have been drinking. While admitting that you have been drinking is not a very good idea, lying to the police is equally a bad idea.
Picking up a fight with the police
This is clearly one of the worst mistakes you can make if you are pulled over for any reason. Even if you know that you have not been drinking, the right thing to do is to remain calm and cooperate with the police. Failing to follow instructions or becoming rude and argumentative may result in you being charged with resisting arrest. And if you are arrested and charged with DUI, belligerent behavior can hurt your case even if the officer was wrong.
Skipping court hearings
“Out of sight, out of mind” does not apply to a pending DUI case! Skipping a court hearing can result in a warrant of arrest against you. Instead of waiting for your case to be resolved while at home with your loved ones, you will be sitting in a jail cell.
Facing a DUI charge can be frustrating, confusing and frightening. A conviction can result in serious penalties. As such, it is important that you understand and avoid common mistakes that can hurt your DUI case.