If the police pull you over and you worry about facing a DUI, it can be a scary situation to experience. In Georgia, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can lead to serious consequences. For example, your first offense can result in a five-year driver’s license suspension.
With that said, citizens have more rights than most realize at the time of a traffic stop. Because police frequently exude a confident and intimidating demeanor that makes people anxious, it is common for individuals to unintentionally incriminate themselves. Knowing your rights can help.
You may say “no” to searches and tests
Even if they ask politely, law enforcement officers may not search your vehicle without a warrant or permission. If they ask, you have the right to say “no.” This also applies to drug testing. When police pull you over, they may attempt to take a blood or urine sample. The law says you imply consent whenever you drive, but you may still choose to refuse. Doing so gives you 30 days to appeal.
You may politely refuse to answer questions
In addition, you may also politely refuse to answer any police officers’ questions. A good way to do this is by saying you would like to respectfully exercise your right to remain silent until you can speak with legal representation. You may also ask to leave if you are not under arrest.
Because the police can often be pushy, some people might give up as much information as possible to reduce negative consequences. In actuality, doing so may hurt you more in the long run.