People who have been convicted of drunk driving in Tennessee usually made three common mistakes after they were pulled over.
Find out the three things you should never do when stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence.
- Admit you had a couple of drinks. Admitting that you consumed alcohol, even what you consider a small amount, provides the police officer with evidence that can be used against you in a DUI case. If you are a minor, consuming a single beer or alcoholic beverage may be enough to convict you of underage DUI. If the police officer asks if you consumed alcohol, and you have consumed any alcohol, politely decline to answer.
- Take a field sobriety test. You are not required to take a field sobriety test in Tennessee. Few people realize that these tests, such as the one-leg stand, are designed for you to fail. Do you really want to get out of your car and perform embarrassing tests with an intimidating person giving you instructions?
- Take a breath test without legal advice. Many people think that they are required to take a blood, breath or urine test. While you could face sanctions such as suspension of your driver's license, you are not required to take the blood-alcohol-content test except under certain circumstances. Before you consent to any test, seek legal advice.
A DUI conviction can have devastating consequences on your life. It could result in jail time, a permanent criminal record, suspension of your driving privileges, higher insurance rates, and loss of employment. When the stakes are this high, it's important to know your rights if you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving.