What do I say if I am pulled over after I have been driving under the influence?
FIRST RULE: Always be nice and respectful to the officer investigating his case. Whether you are eventually proven not guilty, guilty or reach a plea deal the officer may have to testify or the Judge and/or prosecutor may learn about how you acted during your questioning, arrest or detainment. Further, you should assume that you are being video taped at all times while being questioned, arrested or detained.
SECOND RULE: DO NOT ADMIT TO ANYTHING AND GO STRAIGHT TO RULE THREE! For example: If you are pulled over and asked how many drinks you have had, everyone says I had one or two drinks earlier. When you say this, the officer is trained to hear “YES I DRANK ALCOHOL TODAY” and this is enough information to arrest or detain you for further investigation.
THIRD RULE: YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT. Please use it. Tell the officer: “I respectfully invoke my right to remain silent and wish for my attorney to be present if I am being detained, arrested or questioned.”
FOURTH RULE: YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY. If you are arrested, detained and/or already charged with a crime, call Haug & Farrar immediately at (228) 872-8752 so an experienced DUI lawyer can start working on your case today.