Arizona law is tough on those arrested and charged with
DUI. The state’s “zero-tolerance” stance against driving
under the influence of drugs or alcohol continues to lead to thousands
of DUI arrests each year and includes penalties that are much more strict
compared to other states in the country.
Being pulled over for a suspected DUI can be a very tense situation and
is likely to cause stress whether you’ve been drinking or not. Because
we live in a state that is so harsh on DUI offenders, it’s a good
idea to have an idea of what to expect and what to do if you are pulled
over. Here are 5 important things to remember in case you are pulled over for DUI:
1. Be Polite
It’s not uncommon these days to see a video or hear a news story
in which the person being pulled over by the police is shown arguing with
the officers or quizzing them about their rights. This is not a good idea
when it comes to a DUI incident. When you are pulled over for DUI, it’s
best to be polite. You don’t have to go overboard, but don’t
make the situation worse by being rude or short with the officers. There
is a way to be polite without incriminating yourself.
2. Talk as Little as Possible
This point goes hand in hand with being polite. When an officer pulls you
over for suspected DUI, they are looking for every scrap of evidence they
can that gives them cause to arrest you. If you have been drinking and
begin talking to the officer, you can easily be giving the officer the
evidence they need. It might be your slurred speech, the smell of your
breath or even an unwilling confession. Speak as little as possible.
3. Field Sobriety Tests are a Choice
Once a police officer has pulled you over for suspected DUI, they may ask
you to perform one of several field sobriety tests. It’s important
to understand that you can refuse these tests. They are voluntary and
you don’t have to do them just because the officer tells you to.
Instead, politely decline and ask to speak with your attorney.
4. Blood Alcohol Test
If you are arrested for DUI, you will at some point be required to do a
blood alcohol test to determine how much alcohol you have in your system.
While you do have the right to refuse this test, it doesn’t do you
much good. If you do refuse to take a blood test, the law enforcement
agency can quickly obtain a warrant that allows them to conduct the test
anyway. Refusing to take the test will result in a mandatory one-year
suspension of your driving privileges.
5. Call an Attorney ASAP
If you are arrested and charged with a DUI, the sooner you are in contact
with a Mesa DUI attorney, the better. Your attorney can take specific
steps that may alter the outcome of your case, such as collecting evidence
and challenging test results. Remember that timing is everything, and
the longer you wait to contact your attorney narrows their ability to
help. You have a RIGHT to an attorney. Make sure you use that right.
If you or someone you love has been recently been arrested for DUI, call
Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys right away at 480-378-9000. There is absolutely no cost and no obligation
to review your case with Mesa DUI attorney
Charlie Naegle and consultations are often available immediately or same day.