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What to say to police if they pull you over for DUI

It is vital to never get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you consumed any alcohol recently. Someone should have told that to a New Jersey woman recently who drove to a police station to pick up a man who also faced charges of driving while under the influence. 

In the event the police pull you over on suspicion of drunk driving, it is important to know exactly what to say. The cops will likely ask you a bunch of questions, such as "Did you have anything to drink tonight?" or "What were you doing before this?" Stating the wrong thing can make the situation much more complicated when you go to court, so it is paramount to know your rights. 

What is a person of interest?

When you hear the phrase “person of interest,” the first thing that may come to your mind is the now defunct TV series by that name that ran for a number of seasons in New York and across the country. It was a very dark drama based on the premise that “you are being watched” by the government and others whose supercomputers track you down so government officials can do you harm.

In real life, there may be no supercomputers tracking your every movement, but if law enforcement officers or a district attorney names you as a person of interest in a criminal case, you could make a good argument that they are out to do you harm. At the very least, they are not your friends.

4 consequences of drunk driving

Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious charge that may have far-reaching consequences. A DUI conviction may result in legal, educational and occupational penalties. 

As a college student, it is important to consider the implications of a DWI arrest. Here are some of the ramifications you may have to deal with due to a drunk driving conviction. 

Criminal charges in the state and federal court systems

Have you been arrested? Are you facing criminal charges? You may wonder whether you will face a judge in one of New York’s state courts or in a federal court. Typically, a federal court tries cases involving federal crimes, and state courts hear cases that involve violations of state and local laws. However, it can be more complicated than that.

State offenses

Navy bribery scandal trial held up by massive pile of documents

Twenty-five defendants are charged with a total of 242 specified acts. Attempting to prove their guilt will require prosecutors to go through thousands and thousands of documents -- literally terabytes of data. Defense attorneys, too, will need to parse those documents, as will the judge. Just the process of determining what, exactly, those documents say, will take months.

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