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Ronald A. Cabanayan

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3 common questions about DUI charges

On Behalf of | Nov 4, 2022 | DUI Defense

Getting pulled over by police, under the suspicion you were driving under the influence, can be startling. 

The last thing you want to do is get into major legal problems because you did or didn’t do something to upset the police. If the police do pull you over, you may have a lot of thoughts running through your head.

Here are a few questions that you might have:

1. Should you tell the police you were drinking?

The law enforcement officer may ask confusing or complicated questions to try to make you say something that would result in a DUI charge. It is best not to say anything incriminating and better to retain your right to remain silent — beyond answering basic questions about your name and registration.

2. Are you required to take a field sobriety test?

If the police do suspect you were drinking (because of the way you were driving, your speech patterns or from the smell of alcohol on your breath) then they may request some field sobriety tests. These tests examine your motor and cognitive functions, allowing police to judge your condition. However, you aren’t required by law to take field sobriety tests.

Conversely, you are legally required to take chemical breath tests that measure blood alcohol content. Otherwise, you could face penalties that could cost your license.

3. Should you seek legal help?

The simple answer is yes. If police suspect you were driving under the influence, it could affect your driving record and lead to serious legal and social repercussions. Knowing your options could prevent further damage to your name.