A DUI is an umbrella charge that includes drinking and driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while taking illegal drugs and getting behind the wheel while under the influence of prescription medications that affect your ability to drive safely. While drugs are not as easy to quantify, those who drive under the influence of alcohol and have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher can be immediately charged with a DUI.
What tests do police give you when you're pulled over for a DUI?
Field tests and chemical tests both help the arresting officer determine if you're driving under the influence. Field tests may include things like making you walk in a straight line or having you touch your nose with a finger. The officer may also use the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, which uses a pen and light to track your pupils.
When it comes to the chemical tests, you may take a breath test, provide a urine sample for a urine test or have a blood test performed.
What should I know about getting arrested for a DUI?
When you're charged with a DUI, there are a few things you should understand. First, mistakes can be made. Second, you can ask to speak with your attorney immediately. Third, you aren't required to speak to police or to say anything that might incriminate you. It's usually best not to say anything to police until you speak with your attorney.
Our website has information on what you can do if you've been charged with a DUI. You're not alone, and you can fight the allegations against you.