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Was your drunk driving arrest legal?

Many motorists in Arizona will have been pulled over at some point. It may have been because a headlight was out, because their driving looked erratic or even because there had been a report made about their vehicle. However, if you are stopped by officers in this way, there is a chance that you might be investigated for drunk driving. If found to be intoxicated, you could then face criminal charges.

What can you expect from a field sobriety test?

Being pulled over is something no driver wants to deal with. However, as officers in Arizona are committed to minimizing the number of drunk drivers on the roads, in order to improve the overall safety of road-users, if your driving appears to be at all erratic, you might be stopped. If this happens, the next step is likely to be a series of tests to determine whether you are intoxicated.

Refusing a breath test might not save you from being charged

As most drivers in Arizona know, the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration while operating a vehicle is 0.08 percent. If you are found to be driving with a BAC that is equal to or greater than this, then you may be charged with drunk driving. This in turn could result in the suspension of your license and a lengthy investigative process at the end of which you could face fines or even a prison sentence.

Know where to turn if you lose your license

For drivers in Arizona, it is generally well-known that criminal charges relating to vehicle offenses can be bad news. Aside from the potential fines or even prison sentences that can arise from such charges, a major concern is the possible suspension or revocation of your driver's license. Unfortunately, this can come about in a number of ways.

Arizona man pleads guilty to felony charge

Many drivers in Arizona experience an accident at some point in their lives, no matter how careful they are. The more experienced you become, the more your confidence grows and the better you know your limitations. However, this can come with its risks. Unfortunately, while you may feel confident behind the wheel, you could still be over the legal limit. Regardless of how capable you may still be, if you are involved in an accident, you could still be charged.

SlideShare Presentation On Prescription Drugged Driving Charges

Recently, the Rosenstein Law Group completed a white paper that discusses Arizona's drugged driving laws. The state is very aggressive when charging these motorists with DUI, and it is important to note that taking the drugs according to a doctor's prescription may not be a defense to the charges.

Officers may obtain a warrant for your blood

There are a number of ways officers in Arizona might choose to test whether or not you have been driving under the influence of alcohol. For example, you could be asked to participate in a number of field sobriety tests designed to assess your responsiveness and coordination. If you struggle with the tests, officers may assume you are suffering from impairment due to intoxication.

What is the legal limit for drivers under age 21?

In Arizona, accidents on the roads are all too common. No matter how careful you are, the chances are that at some point you may become embroiled in an accident, even if it was not your fault. As a result, you and any other drivers involved could be asked to submit to a number of tests to determine your blood alcohol concentration. In general, as long as this is below the legal limit of 0.08 percent, you should be in the clear. However, there are some exceptions.

BAC readings may not be accurate

For drivers in Arizona, the thought of being investigated on suspicion of drunk driving is a daunting one. All of a sudden, you find yourself at risk of a life-changing conviction. You could be fined, lose your license or even be sentenced to time in prison. Your record is permanently stained and this in turn can affect your future prospects. The whole ordeal could even cost you your job and put a strain on your family life.

Why might you choose to refuse a breath test?

If you are involved in an accident in Arizona, or you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, this could be the beginning of a long investigation process. The chances are that you will be asked to submit to a number of tests. This can include participating in field sobriety tests and may also involve being asked to blow into a Breathalyzer.

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