Driving under the influence is a serious offense in Florida. A traffic stop and how a driver behaves during it can significantly impact the outcome of a case.
It is important for drivers to be aware of their actions during such stops and common mistakes that motorists make.
1. Not following instructions
Florida has 189 DUI arrests per 100,000 drivers. One common mistake drivers make during traffic stops is failing to follow the instructions that officers give. Refusing to follow simple commands can create an unfavorable impression and may lead to additional consequences. Cooperation is key during a traffic stop.
2. Talking too much
Drivers often make the mistake of giving too much information to officers when they can decline to answer questions. Sharing too much information may inadvertently provide evidence that goes against you in court.
3. Admitting to drinking or drug use
Admitting to alcohol or drug consumption during a traffic stop can hurt a DUI case. Drivers have the right to remain silent and should exercise this right when necessary. Statements you make during the stop can be evidence, so stay cautious about what you say.
4. Refusing a blood or breath test
In Florida, refusing a breath or blood test can lead to serious consequences, including an automatic license suspension. In traffic stops involving injuries, a blood draw by force may occur.
Navigating a DUI traffic stop in Florida requires people to carefully consider their actions and words. By being aware of common pitfalls, drivers can better protect their interests and potentially improve the outcome of their case.