If law enforcement officers suspect that you have been driving under the influence, they may pull you over in order to prevent any potential harm to yourself or others. It is always best to avoid driving altogether if you have been drinking. But if you are pulled over, it is crucial to understand the actions you should not take to refrain from further incriminating yourself.
What not to do once pulled over
When an officer stops you, it may be because they observed you speeding, committing other traffic violations or driving erratically and they suspect you are driving under the influence (DUI). In these stressful situations, certain mistakes can only make matters worse. Thus, you should avoid:
- Admitting guilt
- Resisting arrest
- Running away
- Lying, arguing or acting rude with police offers
- Talking too much
These mistakes can confirm an officer’s suspicions and give them more reason to arrest you.
For a suspected DUI, it is best to stay calm and polite. The officer may need you to provide documentation. At that point, it may be best to comply and behave in a way that does not make the officers more suspicious.
Legal limit of blood alcohol concentration
If an individual is driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level above 0.08% in New Jersey, they may face a DUI charge. However, even if your BAC is lower than 0.08 percent, as long as officers determine you are unable to judge, respond, stay alert or see properly at the time of the offense due to drinking alcohol, you are still at risk of facing a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge.
You must refrain from driving until you are ready to do so. That way, you avoid facing legal action and risk receiving penalties such as suspension of your driver’s license, mandatory fines or community service.