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4 mistakes people make when they're pulled over for drunk driving

When you are pulled over for drunk driving or driving under the influence, the first thing you may do is panic. Especially if this is your first offense, you may not know your rights, and may make a fatal mistake that could make your charges worse.

We have seen far too many cases where someone gets charged with a DUI or DWI and attempts to resolve it themselves, instead exasperating the situation. If you are pulled over, avoid making one of these common mistakes.

1. Being impolite to law enforcement

Whether you are innocent or guilty, always remain polite to the police officer that pulled you over. Being rude does nobody any good, and being polite could only help your case later on. Law enforcement is often more keen to work with polite offenders toward a more favorable deal, so be sure you treat police kindly throughout the process.

2. Making voluntary statements

It may sound cliché, but you have the right to remain silent – and you should always exercise that right. By making any voluntary statements, you could confess to your guilt, or make the charges against you worse. Always wait to make any statements until you have consulted with an attorney.

3. Refusing to take the breathalyzer test

Kentucky laws state that if you are lawfully arrested by a police officer who has probable cause to believe you were drunk driving, then you consent to taking a sobriety test. This is called implied consent, and refusing to take a test at this point can have its own consequences. By refusing, you could lose your license right away, and if you are found guilty later your sentence could be doubled.

4. Accepting the charges

Even if you are guilty, you may be treated unfairly or unlawfully and could have your charges dismissed. By admitting guilt, you also put yourself at risk to face even harsher penalties. Whether you are working through the charges yourself or are obtaining counsel from a criminal defense attorney, accepting the charges against you could put you in a worse position than you deserve to be in.

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