What Do I Say When I Have Been Arrested for DUI?

Have Been Arrested, DUIWhen you have been arrested for DUI, it is likely that you are impaired. With that impairment comes impaired judgement. This can lead to your saying things to law enforcement that you may regret. However, if you have been arrested for DUI and you believe you are under the legal limit, you may feel the need to plead your case. While you are protected against self-incrimination by the Fifth Amendment, you may still need to talk to your arresting officers. Here are suggestions as to how to speak with law enforcement when you have been arrested under suspicion of DUI.

Do NOT Remain Silent

While you have the right to remain silent, a court can use this against you as “consciousness of guilt.” You must unambiguously state that you are invoking your Fifth Amendment rights and do not wish to self-incriminate. Your silence can be used against you.

You Have Been Arrested for DUI – Ask to Speak with a Lawyer Before Answering Questions

This should be rule number one if you are ever detained by police, but some people believe that in a lighter crime like DUI, the police are their friend and just want answers so they can send them home. This is wrong. Police will use everything to get you to confess even if you did not commit the crime.

If you have been charged with DUI in Santa Rosa, contact an attorney immediately. The attorneys with Beck Law are experienced with California DUI laws and can ensure you receive the best possible representation if you have been charged. Contact us through our website or via phone at (707) 576-5175.


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