New Jersey police officers may set up DUI checkpoints at random locations to try and catch those driving under the influence. During a DUI stop, the officers may perform certain tests to determine if you consumed alcohol before or while driving.
It is natural to worry during a stop. However, remembering your rights and avoiding accidentally confessing may help you if you end up facing charges.
Even if you fail a breath, blood or urine test, do not confess
Absolutely do not confess to consuming alcohol even if a test reveals alcohol in your blood. You may think saying you only had a little may help, but statements like this are tantamount to confessing, so avoid them.
Regardless of your desire to defend yourself, do not say anything unnecessary
Every word you utter may act as evidence against you in court. You have the right to remain silent besides answering basic questions such as your name. Exercise this right, as the prosecutor may twist even harmless statements, such as saying what your destination is, to harm you.
If you are ill or tired, do not agree to a field sobriety test
While refusing to submit to a blood, urine or breath test leads to serious consequences, you do have the right to refuse to take a field sobriety test. These tests are physical and subjective, depending on the police officer’s judgment, which means if something else causes you to be unsteady, such as exhaustion or dizziness, you may fail even if you have not had any alcohol or drugs.
DUI checkpoints are something any New Jersey driver may encounter. Motor operators need to understand their rights and how they can avoid incriminating themselves if stopped.