There are several tests that officers may require you to carry out if they suspect that you have been driving drunk. You may be asked to submit to a breath test, in order to determine your blood alcohol concentration, or you may be requested to perform any of a number of field sobriety tests.
Being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving comes with all sorts of potential repercussions. You could have your license suspended, be subjected to a lengthy criminal investigation and even face fines or a prison sentence. Furthermore, you may find a drunk driving charge affects your employment and relationships with friends and family.
Determining your blood alcohol concentration is often an integral part of any investigation into allegations of driving under the influence. There are a number of ways in which this can be measured, as is explained in this article. Various samples from your body can be used to obtain your BAC, including the following:
It can be difficult to know what to do in the face of a drunk driving investigation. The stress and pressure of being pulled over and questioned can impede your decision making and even your performance in field sobriety tests. On top of this, you may be asked to submit to a Breathalyzer test. However, depending on the circumstances, you might be worried about the results. We have discussed in a previous article the potential consequences of refusing such a test. However, whether you decide to take it or not, it can still be possible to build a successful defense.