Drunk driving is something that can lead to dangerous crashes, serious injuries and deaths. In a best-case scenario, a driver may get home safely, but not before putting others at risk of a crash by going in and out of lanes or driving recklessly.
Unfortunately, OUI charges are significant, and those who are accused of OUIs have a lot to answer for. If you’ve been falsely accused, it may be frustrating to deal with, but there is help available.
When you are accused of drunk driving, what is your first step?
When a police officer pulls you over for a suspected OUI, remember that you do not have to give information about what you were doing or if you’ve been drinking. However, you will need to provide the officer with your information, like your name and license, so they can identify you.
If an officer asked for a Breathalyzer test, you have the right to refuse, but you will lose your license if you do so. When you got your license originally, it was with the catch that you would need to give a breath sample upon request during a traffic stop. Unless your blood alcohol content (BAC) is going to be extremely high, it’s generally better to give the sample.
After the BAC test and any field sobriety tests are performed, the officer will let you know if you passed or failed. If you’re arrested, then your next step is to talk to your attorney, so you can defend yourself against the charges. Failing these tests doesn’t necessarily mean you were intoxicated or over the limit; errors can be made, and your attorney will look for them.