What to Know if You're Suspected of DUI
It can be a scary situation to get pulled over by a police officer when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Put bluntly, driving while under the influence of these substances is an irresponsible decision that can have drastic consequences. You should understand the following facts if you’re ever arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If ever pulled over for suspicion of DUI, it is important to be cooperative with police officers. A field test for sobriety, such as a hair test, breath test, or even a mouth swab test is a possibility. Do not argue with the officer(s).
Know Your Rights
Just because you are cooperating doesn't mean you shouldn't know your rights. There are certain rights granted to you, and certain things you can do in the event of being pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence. One of which is knowing that a police officer legally cannot search your vehicle without your consent or a written warrant. You can also refuse to take a drug or alcohol test, this can cause other problems, but you are legally allowed to refuse a sobriety test if you feel it is appropriate. Make sure any of the actions you perform can't be seen as 'obstructing justice' as this can cause problems in the future.
You Will Go to Jail
If officers determine you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol while operating a motor vehicle, you can expect to be arrested and taken to jail. Your vehicle will also be towed. Officers will inform you of the company holding your vehicle, and you will have to pay to retrieve it.
Jail Bookings Are a Slow Process
Once at the police precinct, you will be asked to give your personal information to an intake officer. Next, your mugshots and fingerprints will be taken. An investigator will also question you about any drugs and alcohol used before operating the vehicle. The entire process will take several hours to complete.
Release from Jail
A number of factors will decide the amount of time it takes to release you from jail. These factors include where the DUI took place, your age, the level of your intoxication, and past criminal history. The opportunity will be granted to you to contact a family member, friend or bondsman to secure your release. If you are not able to secure the necessary funds to be released, you will remain in jail.
Whether out of jail on bail or still incarcerated, you will be required to make an appearance in court. You will be allowed to hire an attorney of your own or opt for an attorney appointed to you by the court. You should present yourself in the best light possible while in court. After all, this is when your punishment for DUI will be decided.
An arrest for DUI is a life-altering event. The best course of action is to never place yourself in this position. However, if you are ever arrested for DUI, you should understand the information explained above.