Driving Under the Influence (DUI) remains one of the most common criminal offenses in Maryland and across the United States. Alcohol-related car accidents kill more than 10,000 Americans annually. When people are pulled over after they have been drinking, there is a good chance the police officer will arrest them. Still, there are some good guidelines for how to behave before and after this happens.
Generally speaking, it is unwise for people to submit to field or breath tests if they have had anything to drink even if they believe they are under the legal limit. As part of the implied consent provision most people sign when they get a drivers license, their licenses will be suspended if they refuse a breathalyzer. This is a moot point, though, because being arrested for DUI almost always results in license suspension.
It is important to avoid being rude or combative, but people should avoid being overly polite; this may arouse an officer’s suspicion even more than being rude. Also, it is not in a person’s interest to volunteer any extra information, especially the fact that they have been drinking.
The only information people are legally required to give during a traffic stop is their license information, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Everything else is extra.
When people are stopped and refuse sobriety tests, they will most likely be arrested. They will be legally required to take some sort of sobriety test at the jail or police station. Anyone facing a DUI charge stands a much better chance if they refuse field tests, keep extra information to themselves and consult a defense attorney who may be able to help their case.