If you have ever been stopped on suspicion of drunk driving, you may already have undergone some of the tests that are often carried out to determine whether a driver is under the influence of alcohol. Among the more commonly used tests are field sobriety tests. However, as we have seen before, not everyone is able to perform these tests well, regardless of their blood alcohol content.
Being charged with drunk driving is already an unpleasant situation to be in. Although many states consider a standard DUI charge to be a misdemeanor. Even so, as we have seen before, even a first offense in Arizona can result in jail time. Furthermore, certain conditions can elevate a charge to the level of felony. This means harsher penalties and more abiding consequences. However, the rules vary from state to state, so it is important to be aware of the rules in your home state.
If you are charged in connection with a suspected DUI offense, there are a number of factors that affect how serious those charges and their potential penalties may be. Whatever the case, any form of criminal charge can look bad and cause you problems in your home and professional life. It is important to know your rights and remember that you are deemed to be innocent unless proven guilty.
If you are stopped on suspicion of drunk driving, there is a good chance that you will be asked to submit to a Breathalyzer test. Concerns about incrimination, either through fear of a false reading or knowledge that they are over the limit, encourage some people to refuse these tests. However, as we have discussed previously, it is not always the best idea and can still lead to charges. It is important to weigh up the potential consequences before choosing this option.