Drunk Driving Increase in Florida
Over the past few months, drunk driving has become a more prominent issue in South Florida. Of course, the obvious solution is to not drive while under the influence but sometimes our impulses get the best of the us. The question is, “What to do in the event that I get pulled over?”
Steps For the Best Possible Outcome
Step One: Be Polite
So many legal problems today are escalated due to the perpetrator not being cooperative with the officer. Remain calm and remember to act respectfully. Behaving in a rude manner will only make the officer more determined to convict or incriminate you.
Step Two: Never Answer Incriminating Questions
Providing your name, license, and registration is all legally required when being pulled over. Other than that, no questions need to be answered. When asked questions regarding being drunk or if you have had anything to drink, it is best to answer with a simple, “Sorry officer, but I am advised to not answer that question.” If you are able to give an answer without incriminating yourself, then do so. If you cannot answer truthfully, then do not answer the questions. Any lies can be used against you in the court of law.
Step Three: Do Not Agree To a Field Sobriety Test
You have the right to refuse a sobriety field test! Field tests are usually the most incriminating piece of evidence but this can be the most dangerous for the defendant being that the tests are completely subjective. Field tests include a series of tasks that must be performed and the “passing” is totally subjective to that particular officer.
Step Four: Refuse a Roadside Breathalyzer
Hand-held breathalyzers are known for being unreliable. The numbers can be skewed leaving you with a greater chance of being found guilty. If you are still brought into the police station and you are required to take a chemical test, then choose the breathalyzer. Blood tests are more accurate and harder to dispute. The inaccuracy of breathalyzers will make the dismissal of such evidence easier.
Step Five: Contact Your Attorney Immediately
As soon as you are released, get in touch with your attorney. Relay all the details you can possibly remember about the evening. Make sure to disclose timeline of the evening, if your Miranda rights were read to you, locations, behavior of the officer, etc. All details, whether they are trivial or not, will help your attorney form the case in your favor.