How to protect yourself from DUI

Sometimes you might have had something to drink or you might be concerned about marijuana and Arizona’s DUI laws.  Consider these tips:

  1. If drunk don’t drive

It’s simple but, come on, there are a number of options to avoid drunk driving.  Get a cab, lie to your auto insurance for a tow (don’t actually do this), call a friend, or find a “new friend” with whom you can spend the night.  The best way to prevent DUI is to avoid putting yourself into the situation.

Further, if you have a smart phone, there are a number of free applications that will approximate your potential blood alcohol level.  Consider using one of these apps any time you drink and want to drive.

  1. Anyone else in the car?

The worst situation can be made even worse if your car-mate decides to reveal every bad thing you’ve ever done or that you’ve been drinking.  Make sure their calm and comfortable.

  1. You want me to do a test, “not at this time.”

The officer will ask you questions and they may request that you do a field sobriety test.  You can refuse such a test.  In fact, such tests are often designed so that sober people have difficulty completing them.

If the officer requests that you blow into a breathalyzer, again you can refuse. Understand, however, that this will likely frustrate the officer.  They may take on a more forceful tone.

Next, the officer will ask you to take a blood test. You cannot refuse this request. However, you can buy some time.

  1. Ok, blood, sure, are you certified?

Blood tests are a tricky situation.  Some patrol cars have equipment to take a vial of blood.  But, just because the officer is equipped to take blood, doesn’t mean that he can. Inquire as to whether the officer has been trained.

Do you, or have you had any problems giving blood in the past? Have you felt lightheaded?  Stress can aggravate minor lightheadedness and potentially cause you to faint.   If you are at all concerned that you might faint, request that you get taken into the station or that a van be dispatched to take care of you.  The officer may push you, but will not risk a lawsuit because they took the blood of a fainter.

  1. Results and Ramifications

You’re going to get results back at some point during the process.  Regardless of the outcome, you should be apprehensive about responding to the officer’s questions.  The officer might offer you leniency if you admit to drinking.  Though that might sound tempting, but such an offer should be countered with a request for an attorney.

  1. Well, that’s over, what now?

It may have turned out alright, or it might have turned out poorly. Regardless, it is in your best interests to contact an attorney.  Consider contacting our experienced Tucson DUI lawyers and Tucson criminal defense attorneys at (520) 461-1077.   The sooner you connect an attorney to your case the better off you’ll be.