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Remember your Miranda rights when a cop pulls you over for DUI

Police officers are intimidating. Just driving by a patrol car can make any driver’s hands sweat and heart skip a beat – even when they know they are not doing anything wrong. If you have had a couple drinks, being pulled over can be downright terrifying. Immediately you start worrying about what you should do when the officer comes to the window and starts asking questions.

Instead of worry about how you will answer questions, like “have you been drinking?” or “how many drinks did you consumed this evening?”, you need only remember your Miranda rights and invoke them. There are three very important statements in that warning.

  1. “You have the right to remain silent.” The Fifth Amendment prevents you from self-incrimination. The officer is interrogating you when he or she asks those questions, even though you are not at the station. You should always cooperate, but it is okay to say politely that you are choosing to invoke your right to remain silent. Why? The second line in the Miranda warning directly answers that question.
  2. “What you say can and will be used against you.” This statement is true, absolutely. Police and prosecutors will use what you say to build their case. They can twist even honest and well-intended statements to establish guilt.
  3. “You have the right to an attorney.” Many people forget this valuable right in the heat of the moment. Even though you are not in an interrogation room, you are still the suspect of a crime. You can call an attorney during a traffic stop.

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