Common Mistakes Driver's
make when stopped
The # 1 worst mistake of a driver
when he or she is stopped is to argue with the officer about his observations
and reasons for the stop. While the officer may be completely wrong, YOU will not be the one to convince him. Arguments and disputes should be
reserved for the courtroom. By the time he has stopped you he has already
invested enough of his own emotional energy in your case to hold his ground.
Arguing with the officer is a sure way to assume as note on his citation of your
lack of "cooperation" That could be considered an "aggravating circumstance"
causing an enhancement of the fine or sentence later in court.
Another common and harmful
mistake to make when stopped by an officer is uttering spontaneous statements of
an apologetic nature. It is not necessary, not does the officer expect any
apology for the actions that prompted the citation or stop. You may want
to contest the basis of the officer's decision later in trial. It will make it
much more difficult if he has noted you admissions in his field notes. Just be
polite and stand or sit quietly while the officer writes the citation. You will
have an opportunity to speak at a later time when it might just do some good.
mistake commonly made by driver's who have consumed alcohol and have been
stopped is co-operating with the officer as he asks for the driver to go through
their dog and pony show called field sobriety exercises to see if they are "ok"
to drive! Don't do it, for you will surely fail as the officer knows. Much, much
more more is discussed about this at subject and other ways of avoiding a DUI
conviction at www.augustadui.com.