Should You Do Field Sobriety Tests if Arrested for a DUI?
It's very common for people to have the incorrect information on what they're obligated to do if suspected of a DUI. I want to ensure that all Lake Havasu residents have the correct advice. I'm hoping you're never in a situation where you're being investigated for a DUI, but knowing exactly what to do could mean the difference of going to jail or walking away scot free.
The absolute worst thing you can do if you're suspected of a DUI is to admit you were drinking. I have represented thousands of clients for DUI. If I were to guess, about 95% of my clients tell me or the police officer they had a “couple” or “two drinks.” I don't know why, but this seems to be everyone's go to. Maybe they think that if they say two, it's telling the truth but the officer might let them go because two isn't a lot. Unfortunately, officers know this. They know that two could mean 6, or maybe they actually did buy two drinks, but they're not accounting for the shots their friends bought them. Who knows. The point is, once you admit to drinking, you're done. The police will pursue a DUI investigation and you will be arrested.
If you think you are heavily intoxicated, but still want to be truthful, tell the officer you are going to politely decline any further questions, including ALL field sobriety test and the portable breathalyzer. Let them know you want to speak with the attorneys at our office immediately and call us at 928-714-7032.
Although you can decline all field sobriety tests and portable breathalyzers, once you are arrested, you cannot decline either the blood draw or the breathalyzer at the station. If you decline these, the officer will get a search warrant to draw your blood and you will lose your license for a year.
I know this is a lot of information, and it can be extremely confusing, but for my Lake Havasu residents and Lake Havasu tourists, we'll answer all your follow up questions free of charge. When you need legal help, we want you to be taken care of by Lake Havasu's most trusted law firm.