Since laws are very strict, a DWI citation is powerful enough to significantly impact every aspect of your life. When you have a drunk driving mark on your record, you may have difficulties finding a job, renting an apartment or even getting into school. If you are pulled over for driving while intoxicated, you should act quickly and get legal protection.
Being pulled over and suspected of driving under the influence can be quite frightening. In order to avoid this situation, it is best to never drink and drive. However, it may be useful to know what to say and how to protect yourself from arrest if you ever found yourself being pulled over to the side of the road and placing your hands on the steering wheel.
When you are stopped by a police officer, he or she will first ask you whether or not you have been drinking. If you have shown signs of reckless driving, such as slow or fast switching into another lane, driving too fast or too alert and similar, you will be asked to step out of the vehicle and conduct a series of field sobriety tests and an in-field chemical test also known as a breathalyzer test.
Field sobriety tests are used by law enforcement officials to prove you were driving while impaired. Driving while impaired means you have been operating a vehicle while lacking certain physical or cognitive abilities that are required in order to successfully perform your duty of care as a driver. Field sobriety tests are developed by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and there are three of them. The mentioned three tests are the most commonly used, but there are also other field sobriety tests that a police officer can choose to use.
If you fail one of the three sobriety tests and you have a BAC level .08% or greater, you will be arrested for driving under the influence. Once arrested, you will be taken into custody where you will go the booking and bail process. During booking, your physical and personal information will be taken down. The law enforcement officials will run a background check on you, take your photograph and fingerprints. After this process, you will be placed in holding cell or in jail.
After the booking, you will have the option to pay bail in order to be temporarily released from police custody. So basically, the bail money you pay to the court system is a price for your freedom. However, his doesn’t mean you won’t get the money back. If you decide to pay bail, you will have to return to the court on your trial date. If you don’t show up, the court will keep your money and slap you with an additional offense – failure to show on trial. In order to handle a DUI arrest and charge properly, it is crucial to hire a criminal defense lawyer to assist you. Only an experienced drunk driving attorney can help you reach the best outcome in the case.