What Is the Best Way to Reply to Questions From the Police?
Interviewer: You are stressing that the police want to know if you’ve been driving and they want to get you to admit it. What’s some of the common language that they may use that would scare or intimidate anyone into admitting that they drove, and how do you best answer that? Do you just say, “I’m sorry, I’m not going to say anything”?
Aaron: The best thing to say is just respectfully decline to answer their questions. You don’t want to take any chemical tests before you’re arrested. You don’t want to take any field sobriety tests, because all of that is used against you. This is especially true if the officers are not recording the tests, so we cannot get a copy of the recording, either audio or video. Then, the police can say that you told them whatever they wanted to put down on their report.
Most officers will put down what you say, but a lot of times, we see extra things in there or things that you didn’t say. It’s just they don’t have the perfect memories, they’re not writing everything down, and sometimes, you may say something and it may be taken the wrong way; it may imply something else.
The best thing to say is, “I respectfully decline to answer that question. My lawyer has advised me to not answer any questions at any time.” Again, don’t talk to them about the facts of the case and don’t perform any field sobriety tests.
You Are Required to Undergo Chemical Tests After You Are Arrested
If you are arrested for a DUI, then you are required to do a breath or a blood test. At that point, you cannot decline a test. You can, but if you do, you’re subject to having your license taken away for a minimum of 1 year of no driving, and they can still, and often do, and more and more counties are doing this, doing a forced blood draw. You could get arrested and you could have to do a forced blood draw, and they could have a result. That would help them try and convict you on a DUI.
By Aaron Bortel
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