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What Happens Before You Get Arrested for DUI

DUI arrests are an arduous and complex process. There are a lot of unknowns regarding what can happen to your privileges for driving and the steps to follow so you can legally drive again. In addition, it can affect other things in your life, such as incurring high car insurance rates.

In order to alleviate your anxiety, it is important to know what to expect before you get arrested and afterward. Here is what to expect:

1. Pulling Over

Many DUI arrests begin with drivers pulling over. Police officers must have a good reason for asking you to pull over.

Often, a police officer will ask you to pull over if they see any sign of impairment or traffic violations. In general, stops are legal, provided police officers have probable cause to believe you violated one of the traffic laws.

If police officers don’t have any probable reason for asking you to pull over, you may later bring the motion to suppress the case, dismissing the whole case.

2. Taking a Field Sobriety Test

After pulling over, police officers may ask you to take DUI field sobriety tests. These tests are cognitive and physical exercises designed to test your cognitive, balance, and coordination abilities. Field sobriety tests that the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) include are:

  • One-leg stand tests
  • Walk and turn tests
  • HGN (horizontal gaze nystagmus)

3. Being Arrested

DUI arrests can have immediate negative effects as most states in the US can suspend your driving license automatically. Some states may still let you drive regardless of this. For instance, Texas provides arrested drivers with DUIs through temporary driving permits.

The severity of a DUI charge may increase the bail you need to pay to get out of jail. However, if you cannot make bail, you will find yourself incarcerated and waiting for your hearing.

4. Contacting a DUI Lawyer

You can use your phone call right to contact a DUI lawyer or your family member/friend to help you look for one. A professional and experienced DUI attorney will facilitate your release process and then deal with the penalties later. In addition, your attorney will guide you throughout the court processes and help you with DMV hearings to ensure you continue enjoying driving privileges.

5. Appearing in the Courtroom

After your arrest, you get a ticket or summon to appear before the court. This lets you know the date of appearing in the courtroom so you can face your DUI charges.

These days, if you deny DUI charges, try fighting the case, or plead not guilty, odds are, you will be presented with videos of you failing FSTs. The footage is often taken from the dashboard camera of a police officer or the police station where your case was processed.

In a Nutshell

DUI cases are different from many criminal offenses. For you to get good results, you will need a professional and experienced DUI attorney by your side. Your attorney will not only make bail but also ensure you continue enjoying driving privileges.