The police say I’ve been drinking and driving. What are my rights?
Question & AnswerThe police say I’ve been drinking and driving. What are my rights?
4. Remain silent
You have the right to remain silent if the police ask you questions.
What to say
If the police are questioning you and you don’t want to answer, tell them. Politely say, “I do not wish to give a statement or answer any questions.” Repeat this statement as often as necessary. By saying this, you make it clear that you have chosen to use your right to remain silent.
You have the right to remain silent. In most situations, you don’t have to answer any questions the police ask you. Anything you say to the police may be used as .
It’s usually in your best interest to remain silent. It’s always in your best interest to wait until you’ve talked to a lawyer before you decide whether to answer questions from the police.
Exception for a motor vehicle accident
If you’re in a motor vehicle accident you may be required by law to give a statement to the police. This statement is called an accident report. You are required by law to give police the information necessary to complete the report.
Your accident report cannot be used against you as evidence, but making an untrue statement is an under the . Also, if you lie to the police, you can be charged with .