If you are stopped by law enforcement on suspicion of DUI or OUI, you need to be careful about what you say. If you make mistakes when you’re talking to police, it could be harder to reach the best possible outcome.

The help of a defense attorney can often make a big difference. In any Massachusetts drunk driving case, many factors are involved in proving a driver guilty of OUI or DUI. Even with a conviction, there are still things your attorney can do to make sure a charge will impact you as little as possible.

To help yourself, you should know what NOT to do if you are stopped by police.

1. Don’t admit that you were drinking

Admitting that you got drunk and decided to drive is one of the worst things to do. If an officer approaches your vehicle, don’t assume they think you were drinking. You could have a tail light out, or the officer may want to do a welfare check due to your driving slowly. Ask, “Is there a problem?” and let the officer do the talking.

2. Don’t refuse the breath test

If you refuse the breath test, you’ll face the immediate loss of your license. You don’t have to refuse the breath test to protect yourself. In fact, by obtaining a Massachusetts license, you’re giving permission to the police to request this test, so you should provide it to them. Your attorney may be able to challenge the findings later.

3. Don’t argue or fight with the police

The last thing you should do is argue with the police. This could add further charges to your already negative situation. It’s better to listen to what they want and to comply in most situations. Once you reach the police station, you should ask to speak with your attorney, so that you can begin your defense.

Sometimes an OUI or DUI, especially a first-time offense, can be dismissed, reduced or result in alternative penalties with the correct help. If you’re willing to avoid talking to police and devise a plan with your attorney, you’ll be in a better position to defend yourself and potentially reduce the fines and penalties that you face.