Police officers have a difficult job, so even the most honest and professional officers may behave aggressively during certain situations. If you are pulled over or suspected of drunk driving, then you need to be in control of your behavior so that you do not provoke aggression from the officer. Here are a few tips on how to behave with an aggressive police officer during a DUI or DWI stop in Maryland.
First, never respond aggressively to an officer when they pull you over. If an officer in Maryland suspects that you are guilty of a DUI, then they’ll be looking for behavior to match it. Plus, the likelihood that your behavior will make them nicer to you is unlikely. Staying calm and polite, but firm, will let the officer know that there is nothing to pull you over for and will speed up the process.
Second, you can practice your rights without telling the officer that you know them. If a Maryland officer thinks you are guilty of a DUI, then they will not take kindly to you telling them about your rights. Remember that the 5th amendment protects you from self-incrimination, so answer questions in a way that do not reveal any wrongdoing. If an officer asks to search your car in Maryland, then you also have a right to refuse searches, but you must clearly state that you “do not consent to any searches.”
Third, if you suspect that the officer will continue to act aggressively (and you are not guilty of a DUI), then you can ask the officer to turn their dashboard camera on so that the stop is recorded. Remember that this is only helpful if you are definitely not guilty.
The best defense against a DUI in Maryland is a great DUI lawyer. The Law Offices of Robinson & Associates has been defending people charged with DUIs for over twenty years and can help protect you and your rights from overly aggressive police officers. To learn more about our Maryland DUI lawyers, visit our website today.
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