Here are some of the frequently asked questions related to DUI that our lawyers have answered:
1. What Do the Police Watch for When Looking for Drunk Drivers?
In Pittsburgh as elsewhere in the country police try and look for erratic or inconsistent driving. This is often the first indicant of DUI and the officer is likely to pull your vehicle off the road. If you weave, swerve on the road or drive below the speed limit or drive on the center of the lane marker you may be asked to pull your vehicle off the road.
2. What Will the Police Do After They Stop You?
The police would first look at physical indications of excessive intoxication. These include fumbling while searching for the license, a smell of alcohol on your breath and in the vehicle, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and general disorientation. They may also talk to you to judge if you can comprehend their questions and reply accordingly. They may also ask you to step out of the vehicle to see if you sway or seem uneasy on your feet.
3. What Do I Say If the Police Ask Whether I Have Been Drinking?
Never admit that you have been drinking as whatever you say can be taken out of context and used against you during a trial. Don’t give out any statements until you have your Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer by your side. Decline to answer their questions politely if they keep persisting and ask to call your attorney.
4. Does Field Sobriety Test Affect the Charges, Should I Take the Test?
Strictly speaking from the law book it does but the ground realities are somewhat different. In most cases the officers make up their mind even before you take the field sobriety test and merely use it to collect more evidence. If you take the test in an inebriated state you help them gather more evidence. If you refuse to do so you are supporting their suspicion that your blood alcohol level is beyond legal limits. In such a situation you should politely refuse to take the test and request permission to talk to your Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer.
5. Should I Take Blood or Breath Test?
Chemical tests such as blood, breath or urine samples are used to measure your BAC (blood alcohol concentration) levels. As per the law BAC of 0.08% or above can invite DUI charges. If you refuse to take the test your license can be suspended for one year. Refusal to cooperate in such tests has both pros and cons. If you feel that your BAC level is moderate or technically speaking between 0.08% and 0.099% which is categorized as General Impairment and you don’t have prior charges of DUI it is in your interest to take the test as it will result in lesser penalties. However, if you have consumed too much alcohol (more than three large glasses) and have a prior DUI conviction you can escape strict punishment by refusing the test.
6. Isn’t It Mandatory for the Police Officer to Read Me My Miranda Rights?
Miranda rights need to be mandatorily read out during custodial interrogation and not when your vehicle is pulled for DUI suspicion. Therefore, the police officer may not read you your rights.
For a free consultation with a DUI defense attorney in Pittsburgh, contact us online today, or by calling 412-389-0805 or 1-844-PITT-DUI.