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What to never say to a cop when pulled over for DUI

Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious infraction that can lead to catastrophe. Take the recent case of a Florida mom who drove drunk and ended up getting into a crash that resulted in two fatalities. 

Most people have the common sense to avoid driving drunk. However, there are still people who do not see the harm in driving after a couple of alcoholic drinks. This can lead to a lot of anxiety if a police officer pulls you over. Regardless of how much you had to drink, here are a few things you should never say: 

"I'm drunk"

You may think honesty is the best policy or that the cop will give you some leeway if you are upfront and do not cause a fuss. However, that officer will absolutely use that statement against you in court. You do not even want to say you feel a little buzzed. If a cop asks you if you had anything to drink, then you can respond "No" if you honestly drank nothing, or you can say "I do not wish to answer that question at this time." 

"I had one beer"

Some people think they are in the clear if they only had one drink for dinner. While you will most likely not be over the 0.08 BAC limit, it is still never good to admit you drank anything. Alcohol affects everyone differently, and one drink may have been enough to impair your motor skills. You are under no legal obligation to offer this information, so you can again state how you do not want to answer the question. Remember to be polite if you do this.

Anything rude

You do not want to make the officer's life harder by being difficult. Acting belligerent will only give the cop probable cause to think you drank alcohol earlier. Provide your driver's license and proof of insurance. Anything you say can and probably will come up in court, so when in doubt, it is best to keep quiet. 

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