Holiday DUIs: What to Do if You Are Pulled Over
Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Dec 19, 2017
DUI arrests occur much more frequently during the holiday season. Over the winter holidays, people who don’t often drink alcohol are more likely to “have a drink or two,” and then drive without realizing that their low tolerance makes them more inebriated than they perceive. In fact, the number of DUI-related traffic stops increases by 33% on Christmas Eve. But what should you do if you are pulled over for a suspected DUI? We explain below.
What Are My Rights During a Field Sobriety Test?
When an officer suspects that you have been drinking and driving, they will likely ask you to step out of your vehicle to perform a field sobriety test. These tests consist of physical tasks that you need to perform to prove that you are capable of safely driving your vehicle. A field sobriety test can include having you walk in a straight line or touching the tip of your finger to your nose while reciting the alphabet backwards.
If you are asked to perform a field sobriety test, you have the right to refuse. These tests are used by police to establish justification for a blood, breath, or urine test. Chemical tests are used to determine your BAC. Unfortunately, most sober drivers would have difficulty “passing” a field sobriety test. Politely decline the field sobriety test, but be aware that refusing a chemical test can have significant consequences. Penalties for refusing a chemical test can result in your driver’s license being suspended and even potential jail time for multiple refusals.
If you are arrested for a DUI, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced DUI attorney. Your attorney can assess the merits of your case to determine if your legal rights have been violated in any way. There is a lot on the line when it comes to DUI penalties, so securing strong representation should be your priority following your arrest.
Do you have more questions about DUI arrests? Contact our Phoenix team of DUI attorneys to get a free consultation today.