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Things to never say at a DUI stop

Police officers will pull you over in a moment's notice if they suspect you are under the influence of alcohol. Recently, in Virginia, police pulled over a woman after noticing her flicking cigarette butts out of her car's window. As the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed the smell of alcohol and an empty wine box inside the car. 

If law enforcement ever pulls you over, then you need to watch what you say. Everything you tell the officer can come back in court later. You do not want to give the police more evidence than they already have, so avoid these statements at DUI stops

"I only had one drink."

You never want to admit to a police officer you had anything to drink recently. You are admitting that you are aware your blood alcohol content is higher than 0.00. For some people, one drink is all it takes to go over the legal limit of 0.08 percent. This admission is all officers need to conduct field sobriety tests, which will provide them with additional evidence. 

"I did not plan to drive."

Police may be able to tell if someone is under the influence by the way they talk and look. You will not receive any leniency if you make the case you drank but did not intend to drive. Law enforcement does not care if you tried to be careful. 

"I am only a few miles away from my house."

For some traffic violations, the police are OK with letting drivers go with a warning as long as they promise to be safer in the future. Some people think the same logic applies to drunk driving, and that is not the case. Virginia police officers take DUIs seriously. It does not matter how much further you have to drive; the officers will arrest you.

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