Getting pulled over is always a scary experience. And if you have been pulled over on suspicion of driving while drunk, you could face DUI charges which are even scarier. So what should you expect when you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving? And what should you do? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this week’s blog.
What Happens When You Are Stopped on Suspicion Drunk Driving?
The officer’s main goal is going to be to establish your blood alcohol content (BAC). If you have been drinking then it is in your best interest to thwart the officer from gaining this information as your case will be much harder to win if your BAC is on file.
The officer will begin by asking you questions related to whether you have been recently drinking. You are fully within your rights to refuse to answer the officer’s questions. While this may make them more suspicious, you are fully within your rights to state that you will not answer any questions without a lawyer present.
After questioning, the officer will likely ask you to emerge from the vehicle so that they can conduct a field sobriety test. This could mean walking in a straight line, saying your ABCs backwards, etc. However, it is important to note that these tests are voluntary and you do not have to oblige. The officer may speak to you as if it’s an order but you are legally allowed to refuse to complete the test.
At this point the officer will probably ask you to submit to a breathalyzer test and, once again, you are legally allowed to refuse. If you have been drinking it is unwise to submit to any of the tests they request of you until you have consulted with an experienced criminal attorney.
You will likely be arrested on suspicion of DUI after refusing to comply with the officer. You will be taken to your local police precinct and asked to undergo chemical testing. Once again, it is within your rights to refuse these chemical tests but be warned that this will automatically result in suspension of your license for 120 days. While this may seem like a harsh price to pay, your case will be stronger for the fact that the officer never managed to establish your BAC level.
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