So many factors can affect how quickly your blood alcohol content increases that it can be difficult to keep track of whether you are still below the limit. You may think that you have not consumed enough to put you at or over Arizona's limit of 0.08 BAC, but how can you be sure? If you're wrong, it could result in serious legal consequences. Even if your driving does not appear to be impaired, if your BAC level is found to be too high, you could face a drunk driving charge and even risk losing your license.
If you are stopped or investigated on suspicion of drunk driving, you may be asked to submit to a number of tests. This might include using a Breathalyzer or performing a field sobriety test. Whether you do so or not is your choice, but that decision can affect the outcome of the investigation. If you feel that the results of the tests could be incriminating, you might choose to decline them. However, doing so can result in the revocation of your driver's license.
If you are spotted or reported driving irresponsibly, there is a chance that you will be pulled over and investigated for drunk driving. Although this may be an alarming prospect, cooperation can be beneficial in the long run. Even so, in most cases you are not obliged to submit to a breath test or field sobriety tests if you are worried they may falsely incriminate you. However, refusing these tests can result in the revocation of your license.
If you are ever in a situation where you are being accused of driving under the influence of drugs (prescription or illicit), it is important to know that you may be asked to take a DRE examination. A drug recognition evaluator (DRE) is a police officer who took a class which purported to teach him or her how to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than or in addition to alcohol. These officers are given basic instruction on the effects of different types of drugs on a human body as it relates to DUI's. As with alcohol related DUI's, Attorney Craig Rosenstein wants you to know that it is unwise to do the roadside balancing tests or submit to the drug recognition evaluation. It would be wise to firmly but respectfully decline to take any type of field sobriety test (balancing tests) or DRE examination, because the information that is gathered always presumes impairment and is one sided and lacks scientific reliability.
In Arizona, your driving record and any citations may affect your ability to maintain a license and drive without restriction. Moving violations in a car have associated points depending on the severity of the offense. Any DUI related conviction carries eight points and if you accumulate thirteen or more points within a twelve month period of time, your license will be suspended. Other offenses, such as speeding, carry two or three points and you may be eligible for Defensive Driving School to clear your record.
The prospect of facing criminal charges can be daunting and can cause some people to act rashly. When it comes to drunk driving, a police stop may be daunting, particularly if you fear that you might fail sobriety or breath tests, resulting in a DUI charge. You have the option to refuse these tests, but that in itself can lead to the revocation of your driver's license. Even so, whatever you decide to do, remaining calm and cooperative can be highly beneficial.
The City of Rialto, California recently reported that after they required police officers to wear cameras on duty, citizen complaints dropped by 88 percent in the first year. This idea has created a sparking debate across the country, and recently the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) endorsed the idea. The ACLU also emphasized the potential for the technology to be misused and recommended policies to minimize the potential downsides. "Although we generally take a dim view of the proliferation of surveillance cameras in American life, police on-body cameras are different because of their potential to serve as a check against the abuse of power by police officers," the civil liberties group argues.
Think you can't be charged with a DUI if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is below .08? Think again, pursuant to A.R.S 13-1381, the State can charge a regular, non-extreme DUI two separate ways. The first way is if your BAC is above a .08, or the alternative way is if you were impaired to the slightest degree by alcohol or drugs, you can be convicted of a DUI.
It is not always easy to determine the cause of a motor vehicle accident. A temporary lapse in concentration or judgment can cause drivers to make poor decisions on the road, which may bring them under suspicion for drunk driving. As a result, they may be subjected to a number of tests to determine their blood alcohol content and to figure out whether they may be under the influence of any other substances.
On Wednesday June 25th, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that police must obtain a search warrant in order to gather information from a suspect's cell phone. This ruling was passed in order to protect American's privacy rights in the digital age.