The biggest mistakes people who are arrested for DUI make are talking to police and self-incrimination. Saying things like “I smoked pot just before I got in my car.”, or, “I’m drunk.” are not helpful. Let the officer do their job to determine whether or not you’re intoxicated; don’t do their work for them.
Another common mistake I see is arrestees talking to other people about their case. Just because someone is not a law enforcement officer, what is said can still be held against you. Your statement can be used in court.
Not complying with, fighting with or having a bad attitude with police are all big “no’s” as well. If you are in that situation and you are getting arrested, just go along with what the police are telling you to do. Don’t resist arrest. It only makes things worse. You may pick up even more charges and make it more difficult for the prosecutor to give you any sort of leniency later on. If you’re compliant and respectful, then it’s easier to tell the prosecutor that you’re a good person who just made a mistake.
Cursing at the police, screaming at them, fighting, etc. will not help you—particularly if you want to go to trial and the video may be shown. Where there are police, there is usually a video camera. There are video cameras inside most police cars nowadays, so if you’re shown cursing out a police officer and being disrespectful, that is absolutely not going to help you. It may even make the prosecutor believe that they have the upper hand. They will know you are not going to want to take the case to trial because the video reflects so poorly upon you.
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