People in Georgia need to know their rights when it comes to dealing with the police. One of the most common ways that the public comes into contact with the police is during traffic stops. Drivers should understand that if they’re pulled over for suspicion of DUI, they have a right to not talk to the police.
What to do if you’re suspected of DUI
If you’re pulled over by the police because they suspect you of driving while intoxicated, you don’t have to talk to them in detail. Understand that the police may not advise you of your rights immediately. Miranda warnings only need to be given once someone has been taken into custody. So it’s important that you go into the encounter understanding you have no obligation to speak to them.
However, there can be consequences for things like refusing a breathalyzer test during a traffic stop. In some states, that basically amounts to admitting guilt. Depending on the state, you may also be obligated to provide police with basic identification confirming who you are during the stop. But you never have to give them information about yourself that could be incriminating and might be used against you. A criminal defense lawyer may be able to provide more information on your rights.
DUI is a serious offense. Laws on the books have become increasingly tough during the past few decades. People can find themselves without a driver’s license if they are convicted of this crime. There can even be jail time and fines involved. If you’ve been accused of this crime, it’s important to get good legal advice.