J. Melanie Slaughter, P.A.

Know your Miranda rights during a DUI arrest

Despite the constant warnings, many people in Florida still choose to drink and drive. In fact, a state priest recently ran into legal trouble when the cops saw him swerving through the road and almost hitting a fire hydrant. 

From the moment the police pull you over, you have your rights. The police cannot infringe on those rights, and if they do, then you can use that to your advantage in court. It is vital you understand your Miranda rights so that you can start building a case for any DUI charges you end up with. 

Your right to remain silent

You have a right to remain silent even before the police arrest you. When the cops pull you over, you do have to provide some information. You have to provide your name and show the officer your driver's license and vehicle registration. The cop may ask you additional questions, such as whether you had anything to drink this evening. You do not have to answer this. You should not be completely silent, but instead, you can tell the officer you wish to follow your attorney's advice and not answer the question. Many people will try to talk their way out of an arrest, and most of the time, they are unsuccessful. The right to avoid self-incrimination also extends to denying any police requests to search your vehicle. 

Your right to an attorney

If the police have enough evidence to arrest you, they will. They will take you down to the police station, and they will likely want to ask you some questions. You may think you have to talk at this point, but you have the right to speak with an attorney first. You can tell the officers you wish to seek legal counsel. In the event the cops continue to interrogate you, then they have violated your constitutional rights. 

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