What Do I Say if I’m Arrested for DUI in Orange County?
Arresting officers have a right to ask investigative questions. It is their job to build a case and to gather as many facts as possible. You have the right to not say anything self-incriminating. While you must give the officer your basic information (name, address, driver’s license, insurance, etc.), you don’t have to answer all of their questions pertaining to your evening.
Officers will ask if you have been drinking, where you were that evening, how much you had to drink, how much you had to eat that evening, and any other questions that will help them build a case against you. You are not required to answer any of these questions. The first question, “Have you been drinking,” is critical. A “Yes” answer automatically provides officers with enough probable cause to continue with their investigation after a person has been arrested for DUI in Orange County.
Often people feel that if they do not comply with officers they will be treated rudely or charged with not complying. How can they avoid these questions without feeling guilty? Remember, it is extremely important to remain courteous and respectful throughout the whole process. When you do not wish to respond to a question, simply tell the officer that you are sorry but wish to refrain from answering that question, or decline to comment on that.
The sobriety test is given before being arrested for DUI in Orange County. You can decline that test without incurring a penalty if you wish to do so. However, the chemical test given at the station is required by law and you do not have the option to decline.
An experienced Orange County DUI attorney is well versed in what statements are incriminating and which statements are better left unsaid. Once having been said and put on record, a DUI attorney is also knowledgeable on which arguments will prove most powerful in assessing the statements. Sometimes, simply remaining silent is the best defense tool.
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