Like many people, you probably get out more in the summer at events such as picnics, concerts or parties. Many summer events involve alcohol, and this increases the number of drunk drivers on the road.
Recentrecent data shows that 28% of deaths involving drunk driving will happen in the summer, with the July 4 week expected to be the deadliest.
The best way to avoid a DUI charge is to simply not drink if you are going to drive. However, this is not always realistic, and you may find yourself being pulled over by police for DUI after having a couple drinks and it is important to know your rights.
What to say and not say at a DUI stop
A DUI stop is usually a stressful experience, especially if you did have those couple drinks. Although you might be under the legal limit, your nervousness could cause you to start rambling and saying things that could be used against you.
Remember that getting police officers to like you is not going to stop them from charging you with DUI if they have probable cause. Even minor statements such as an apology could be taken as a sign of guilt.
Therefore, do not say anything except your name and provide them with any documents they request. Aside from those two things, you are under no legal obligation to do anything else.
Field sobriety or BAC tests
This includes submitting to field sobriety or BAC tests. You can say no to these and ask if you are free to leave. If the police officers say yes, you can leave.
If they say no, they are likely going to place you under arrest for DUI. Stay silent and comply with their instructions through the arrest process.
Are any defenses available?
There are many potential defenses to a DUI charge in Georgia. Perhaps your rights were violated during the stop, or the test results are inadmissible in court.
Exercise your right to speak with an attorney, who can evaluate your situation and advise you on your possible defenses.