Until recently in most states, it was perfectly within your rights to refuse a breathalyzer if you were suspected of drunk driving. This usually meant that you were required to submit to a blood test down at the police station, but it still wasn't considered illegal. Recent Supreme Court rulings have changed this, so what does that mean for motorists?
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.
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.
For many drivers in Arizona, the thought of being pulled over by police is a daunting one. Even if you have done nothing wrong, it can be distressing to be investigated. Furthermore, you may be asked to undergo several tests that could potentially incriminate you, leaving you faced with drunk driving charges. Of course, if you are not under the influence of alcohol, the chances are that you will be fine. However these tests are not always accurate.
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.
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 involved in a car accident in Arizona, chances are you will be feeling emotionally fraught and disoriented. Unfortunately, you may then be faced with police questioning and investigations to determine whether you were at fault in the incident. If there is any suspicion that alcohol was involved in the crash, you may also be asked to submit to a Breathalyzer test, field sobriety tests or other tests aimed at looking if intoxication is present.
On the roads of Arizona, if you are pulled over by police or if you are involved in an accident, there is a chance that you will be investigated for drunk driving. When officers perform these investigations, there are certain procedures they must follow, so it helps to know your rights. One thing they might ask you to do is submit to a Breathalyzer test. However, you are not obliged to do so, although refusal does lead to license suspension.
A Cave Creek man was reportedly arrested earlier this month on charges that he drove while intoxicated. According to court documents, the man told arresting officers that he had not been drinking and he refused to submit to a breath test. He was eventually arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after officers saw two open beer cans in his vehicle.
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