Florida police have stepped up their efforts to catch drunk drivers. They have intense plans for Labor Day weekend this year to catch anyone driving intoxicated, but it is all for a good purpose. Thousands of people lose their lives each year due to drunk drivers, and these efforts aim to lower that number.
If you find yourself pulled over on suspicion of DUI, then you need to know your rights. One of your most critical rights is that of remaining silent. While you do need to provide the police with basic information, such as your name, you do not have to go into detail about your evening.
Debunking myths of Miranda warnings
TV shows and movies have led people to believe that if the police do not read a person her or his Miranda rights, then that person automatically gets off the hook. However, there are instances where the police can arrest an individual without reading these rights. In the event the police try to interrogate a person later in custody, then the cops must read the rights at that point.
Invoking your right to remain silent
You do not want to sit in complete silence staring at the police officers. You need to verbally communicate that you wish to invoke your right to remain silent. Politely, you must tell the cops you wish to speak to your attorney before speaking to the cops.
Ensuring your constitutional rights
Every American citizen has a right to avoid self-incrimination. When in custody, the police may talk to you and try to convince you that they are on your side. They may say that if you talk to them, you may be able to get out of trouble. This is not the case, and your lawyer is the only person who has your best interests at heart. Do not say anything that could incriminate you, even if it is as simple as, “But I only had one beer this evening.”