Valentine’s Day activities are meticulously thought out. You must plan for dinner, gifts, and especially a safe ride home. You may choose to walk, drive, or find a rideshare service to travel that evening. The criminal defense lawyers at Lerner and Rowe Law Group want you to know what to do if involved in a Valentine’s Day DUI traffic stop situation. Prepare yourself with these tips and information about field sobriety tests..
Traffic Stop Tips
If stopped while driving home, follow these Valentine’s Day DUI traffic stop tips.
- Don’t leave home without your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and insurance card. Authorities will want to see these first, and not having them can lead to civil citations.
- You may decline a request to perform field sobriety tests. This is advisable as they are not always accounted accurately. Generally, you will not be penalized for refusing. But if you are charged with a DUI and your case goes to trial, the jury can hear that you refused the field sobriety tests.
- If asked to perform a breathalyzer test, usually a hand-held device, prior to be placed under arrest or taken into custody, respectfully decline. There may be consequences for this decision otherwise.
- Keep your interior lights on in the vehicle, and your hands on the wheel, in sight of the officer.
- Exercise your right to remain silent until a criminal defense attorney can help you.
Most importantly, always be respectful during a traffic stop, and comply with the officer’s requests. Pay attention, however. You will want to make note if the breathalyzer equipment seems broken, faulty, or non maintained correctly. Also, watch to see if the officer fails to read you your rights or denies your right to speak with a DUI lawyer prior to administration of any chemical tests.
More on Field Sobriety Tests
There are a number of fallacies that may occur with each field sobriety test. Authorities may request you take part in one of the following:
- The horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN),
- Walk-and-turn test,
- One-leg stand,
- Heel-to-toe test,
- Finger-to-nose test,
- Alphabet recitation,
- Fingers-to-thumb test,
- Hand pat, and
- Rhomberg modified position of attention.
Many factors can cause any of these tests to go wrong during a Valentine’s Day DUI traffic stop. First, the lighting may be poor or even non-existent. Second, you could innocently misunderstand instructions given to you due to traffic noise drowning out much of the instructions an officer gives you. Third, inclement weather conditions may hinder your steps as you walk- and- turn.
Fourth, you may have a medical condition or physical impairment that makes it nearly impossible to adequately complete these tasks. In addition, there could be a language barrier between you and the police officer. This is why it is so important for a criminal defense attorney like Lerner and Rowe Law Group to get involved in your DUI case sooner than later.
Why You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer
A lot of work, organization, and legal knowledge goes into preparing a successful criminal defense case. So, be sure to have the best DUI defense attorneys in Arizona on your side. Call our legal team at 602-667-7777 any time, 7 days a week. We offer completely free consultations. Don’t try to get through this on your own, let Lerner and Rowe Law Group help.
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