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What You Should Not Say During a Washington DUI Arrest

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jan 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Seattle Seahawk Jeremy Lane to police about his January 14th DUI Arrest: "I was more high than anything."

When Jeremy Lane was arrested for DUI on Sunday, January 14, he told police he was worried about people thinking he was drinking. Lane was speeding when he was pulled over, traveling 20 miles over the speed limit with his hazard lights on. He told the officer he had not been drinking alcohol despite a breathalyzer test indicating .039. The legal limit is .08. According to the police report, the officer suspected a combined effect of alcohol and marijuana was to blame for his slurred speech and blood shot eyes. The officer administered roadside sobriety tests and Lane complied even though these tests are voluntary. Roadside tests cannot help you and most certainly, they can hurt you. And, everything you say to the officer during the stop also likely will harm your case, not help it.

You are not obligated to say anything to police when you are pulled over but you are obligated to be courteous and to produce your driver's license and car registration. An attempt to be cooperative by oversharing can be used against you in your case. If you are going to speak to the police officer, this post includes some tips of what to never say if you are ever pulled over for DUI.

Five Tips of What to NEVER Say When Pulled Over for DUI

1. Never tell the police officer you just left a bar, a party, a wedding reception, or any other event where alcohol is routinely served.

2. Never say anything about how much alcohol you have or have not consumed. Simply tell the officer you are not answering any of those questions.

3. Never tell the officer you permit him to search your car. The more you speak to the officer the more you may create problems for yourself later on.

4. Never tell the officer you do not wish to remain silent. Everything you can say can be used against and since you are detained at the traffic stop, not in custody, they do not have to remind you of your right to remain silent. You can comply with the officer's requests without speaking, and you should.

5. Never tell the officer you do not need an attorney. Things happen quickly when you are pulled over. The officer is not only listening to you but is observing you. You should never answer random questions without an attorney present. If you choose not to call an attorney at that time, simply limit your speech.

At Karimi Law, our attorneys are experienced in helping people of all walks of life and overcome their DUI arrest. If you are reading this and are kicking yourself for what you said during your DUI arrest, do not try to resolve this on your own. As a former prosecutor, Steve Karimi knows how to fight these cases. Call today.

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Steve Karimi

Steve Karimi attended Pepperdine University School of Law. After graduation he worked as a prosecutor in Seattle where he gained valuable insight to the criminal justice system. Attorney Karimi uses his experiences as a prosecutor everyday only now he fights for the justice of those accused.


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