If you choose to remain silent, you can simply tell the arresting officer that you have nothing more to say. Say "I assert my right to remain silent. I want a lawyer." This will prevent the officer from any further interrogation. This is because under U.S. law, an officer cannot question you once you've claimed your Miranda Rights. If, however, an officer does question you after you've asserted these rights, then any statement that you make will be inadmissible in court. This evidence will be suppressed by a judge at your Virginia DUI trial.
If you should choose to consult with an attorney, then the attorney should advise you in a similar fashion. When you have been arrested for a Virginia DUI, it is always best to say as little as you can. The police can use your words to build a stronger case against you, but you are under no obligation to tell them what they want to know. Save your statements for your attorney, who will then have a much better chance of beating your Virginia DUI charge.
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