What to Do if Stopped for DUI
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Alabama DUI attorney John Michael Barclay realizes many people don't know their rights or what they should do if a police officer stops them for suspicion of drinking and driving. Our law firm has worked with people throughout the state dealing with the consequences of DUI charges. That's why it's important to know your rights and know your legal options.
Many Alabama police officers will ask you to take various field sobriety tests and other scientific tests to determine if you are driving under the influence of alcohol. These tests include:
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In many cases, drivers who are pulled over on suspicion of DUI say they regret not being more prepared. Sometimes drivers say things or act in certain ways that come back to haunt them later on in court.
The following are tips meant to provide guidance and help if you are pulled over and suspected of drunk driving:
- Stay calm. While getting stopped by a police officer can rattle the nerves of just about anyone, it's important to remain calm so you can think clearly.
- Be polite and cooperative. If you are argumentative and showing an attitude, the police officer may decide the best way to deal with you is to take you to jail. Officers know that bad behavior may be a sign of intoxication.
- Make your statements short and concise. The officer will ask you for some personal information, such as your name and date of birth. It's OK to give the officer this type of information. However, do not make unnecessary statements.
- Understand field sobriety tests. If you are asked to take a field sobriety test, you can refuse, but there are consequences under Alabama's implied consent law. So, there is no right or wrong choice in deciding to refuse to take a DUI text.
- Understand blood alcohol tests. Under the implied consent law, drivers who are arrested for DUI in Alabama and who were operating a motor vehicle on a public road at the time of their arrest are deemed to have consented to submit a blood alcohol test. If you refuse, your license will be suspended for at least 90 days. At the same time, if you fail the test your license will be suspended for at least 90 days.
- If arrested, do not plead guilty. Hire an aggressive and knowledgeable attorney. With so much at stake, it's critical you contact us as soon as possible. Call 866-584-1023 or fill out our online inquiry form and schedule a free consultation. We can walk you through all your legal options. Act quickly. It's important to know that you must take legal action within 10 days of your arrest to keep your driver's license. Otherwise, your driver's license could be suspended.
Another important aspect of DUI cases in Alabama involves the burden of proof. In Alabama, the burden of proof rests with prosecutors. The state must prove that someone was driving under the influence of alcohol. Experienced attorneys know how to suppress evidence and ultimately prevent the prosecution from meeting their burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Attorney John Michael Barclay excels at this work - and he has the track record to prove it. Contact Barclay Law, LLC today.