Interviewer: Let’s say that I happen to get stopped for a DUI, what should I do?
Interviewee: Number one, be nice to the cops. I can’t tell you how many people, after they get stopped and they’re frustrated that start to mouth off. No, no, no, no, no, no. They’re just doing their job. Always be nice to the cops.
You want to make sure you hand over your driver’s license, you hand over your insurance card, but when they start to ask questions and they will, tell them what your name is, that’s it.
You don’t have to continually give them additional information that is going to lead them to either, evidence against you, or that can be used as evidence against you. One mistake people do is they think, “Oh, this is a cop. I want to be nice, I want to be helpful. I’ll tell him my life story today of what I’ve done today.”
Again, you can be giving yourself up just by that conversation and interaction with the cop.
Make sure that you are not answering questions beyond giving them the information that they need to identify you. Make sure you’re not doing any field sobriety tests. Those are inadmissible at court, however, it’s more subjective evidence that cops gain that can be used against you, that gives them the ability to write you additional tickets.
When you’re standing on the corner and doing the test where you’re touching your nose or walking in a line, most people can’t do that sober.
To do it by yourself, when you’re stressed out, when you have somebody watching you, of course you’re going to make mistakes and, of course, those are going to be noted down on the report, you don’t need that evidence to be used against you later.
A couple of things, be nice, don’t give them more information than they need, be polite, and don’t do the field sobriety test. You can decline to do those.