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Mistakes to avoid during a DUI checkpoint/traffic stop

In an ideal world, anything you say and do at a DUI checkpoint or during a traffic stop would not have an impact on your case. In reality, things are not that simple. Law enforcement agencies in Syracuse and across the country routinely collect incriminating evidence from alleged offenders and hand it over to the prosecution all the time. If you ever find yourself dealing with law enforcement because they suspect you are operating your vehicle while impaired, you might want to be mindful of your words and actions. 

At the time of a DUI arrest, there may be many things going through your mind. You might feel like you are dreaming because your circumstances seem so farfetched that you are not sure of what to do. Here are a few mistakes you should try to avoid at all costs. 

Running your mouth 

Do not ever try to talk your way out of culpability with the police. They are keeping track of everything you do and say. Their task is to listen, be observant and collect as much evidence as possible for the prosecution. You make their jobs much easier by trying to talk and wheedle your way out of trouble. You do not have to say anything because the Fifth Amendment offers you protection against self-incrimination. 

Being rude 

Alcohol makes people act in strange ways. You might not have had more than a few drinks or none, but law enforcement does not know for sure. Being pulled over does not mean criminal charges are imminent. Acting rude towards the officers may cause them to scrutinize your words and actions more closely. Always act and talk respectfully to the police. Your cooperation is necessary to prevent confusion, additional and stricter charges, and keep you safe. 

Not keeping it straight with your defense 

Getting detained for the probability of committing a DUI or any other type of crime is nothing to feel happy and unconcerned about. Invest in a good defense team. Relay to them every detail you can remember about the night of the alleged offense. The more truthful details you can provide them with, the more information they have to build a credible defense.

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