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When a driver is pull over and is suspected of driving under the influence of Intoxicants (“DUII”), their first thoughts might be on the officer’s question, “Have you had anything to drink today?”
The First Step in DUII Investigation is the Being Pulled Over-
You cannot be forced to answer this or any other incriminating questions. The best response to any questions is would be that you would rather speak to an attorney before answering.
The Second Step in a DUII Investigation is Field Sobriety Tests-
Field sobriety tests (“FST”) are the second step when investigating a possible DUII. Although you don’t have the right to consult your attorney prior to deciding whether you want to submit to field sobriety tests, you do have the right to politely decline them.
Legally you are not required to submit to these tests, which is often a wise decision. An officer may have a subjective view regarding these tests and decide you have failed them even if the results are not conclusive. However, the test results can be used in court to help convict you for DUII. If the officer truly suspects you were intoxicated, chances are high that he will not walk away and let you go.
The Third Step in a DUII Investigation is the Post Arrest Investigation-
After being arrested, you may be given the choice of submitting to blood or breath tests. Breath test results may be unreliable since they don’t actually test the blood alcohol concentration (“BAC”), only a blood test can determine this. Because of this, breath tests can only indirectly estimate your BAC.
Since blood tests are the most accurate, if you think your blood alcohol level is below the 0.08 legal limit, you should choose it instead of a breath test. Blood samples have specific rules by which they must be preserved so they can later be available for independent testing by your attorney or for later analysis.
While you can’t be forced to submit to chemical tests, if you refuse your Oregon Driver’s License will be suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles for one year, whether you are convicted of the suspected DUI or not. To contest this suspension you must request a hearing within ten days after the date you were arrested.
If you have been arrested for a DUII, you need the expert advice and representation of a DUII attorney. Virtus Group Investigations are experts at working on DUII defense cases a long side your attorney of choice.