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Breakdown of a DUI, Part two: Sobriety and BAC tests

Once a police officer has stopped you on suspicion that you are driving under the influence of alcohol, there a number of tests that they can administer to determine whether or not you are impaired. Continuing our Breakdown of a DUI series, we'll take a closer look at what these tests are, how they work, and the rights you have concerning them.

Refusing to Take the BAC Test at a DUI Stop in Arizona

The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test is a topic that has always sparked a lot of interest anytime it comes up within a legal context. In Arizona, if you, or someone you know, is pulled over by the police and they believe you were driving under influence of alcohol - can you (and should you) refuse to submit to a breathalyzer, blood or urine test?

DUI blood draw case before Arizona Supreme Court

Recently, an appeal of a DUI case was heard by the Arizona Supreme Court. The court is being asked to decide if a blood draw from an individual suspected of drunk driving was constitutional under the Fourth Amendment. The decision, which will come at a later point in time, could have a significant impact upon DUI arrests and procedures in Arizona.

Breathalyzers are not always reliable

Being incriminated by an inaccurate blood alcohol test is something that many drivers worry about. No matter how careful you are, a false result could get you into serious legal trouble and you may be faced with life-changing criminal charges. All you can do is begin to plan your defense and find a way to show that the results shown were incorrect.

Cardinals player suspended over DUI charge

In Arizona, it is a well-known fact that criminal charges can have a severe impact on your life even before you go to court or face conviction. Some people may make up their minds about whether they believe you are guilty long before a verdict can be determined. You might also be suspended from your job while investigations are underway and could also find that the pressure of the situation becomes detrimental to your health.

What are per se laws?

In Arizona, most drivers know that being stopped on suspicion of driving drunk can be bad news. Not only can the investigation take up a portion of your day, if you are found to be drunk, it could have a dramatic impact on your life as a whole. Conviction could result in hefty fines or even a prison sentence. Meanwhile, you could also lose your driver's license or face suspension from your job.

Refusing a BAC test is not always the best choice

If you are being investigated for drunk driving, you may feel nervous and uncertain about the future. On the spur of the moment, it can be difficult to make reasoned decisions, especially if you know you have alcohol in your system and you are worried about being incriminated by a breath test or blood draw. It is something that countless drivers in Arizona go through every year and making the right decisions in these circumstances can make a big difference.

Know your limits to avoid DUI charges

Many drivers in Arizona enjoy a drink from time to time. However, it is always important to bear in mind the legal limits for blood alcohol concentration when driving. The limit is generally 0.08 percent, although it can be even lower for commercial drivers or drivers under the legal drinking age. If you are found driving with a BAC which is equal to or in excess of the limit, you could be charged with drunk driving.

Arizona man faces charges related to extreme DUI

When accidents occur on the busy roads of Arizona, the consequences can be extremely severe. While officers are likely to investigate for signs of drunk driving, the fact is that even without the involvement of alcohol, when vehicles collide, the victims are often left with serious injuries or worse. However, the assumption is that intoxication makes the occurrence of such incidents far more likely as it reduces an individual's competence behind the wheel.

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