“It won’t happen to me.”
“Just this once.”
“My house is only a mile from here.”
Over the last few decades, there has been an increase in public awareness with regard to the magnitude of a felony DUI. In addition to the cost and consequences of being charged with a DUI, there are also emotional and mental ramifications that might prohibit someone from getting behind the wheel of a car if they were in a sober state of mind. But drinking impairs judgment, which sometimes leads to a choice that one normally would not make.
Last year alone there were approximately 215,000 drunk driving arrests in the state of California. Driving under the influence in the U.S. refers to driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08% or more, and it’s one of those things that you think will never happen to you until it does. When you’re pulled over on suspicion of DUI, here are three things you can expect.
1. You will be asked to take a sobriety test.
One thing you should expect when you get pulled over on suspicion of DUI is to be asked to take sobriety tests. This, of course, may not happen if the officer does not suspect you are under the influence when he or she speaks with you, but you should be prepared. You should know that you are not required to submit to any field or sobriety tests, like horizontal gaze, a breathalyzer, or walking in a straight line. However, the refusal may carry an automatic legal penalty.
2. You will face a DUI charge.
When you’re pulled over on suspicion of DUI, there are basically two ways you can be charged. One is just based on the officer’s suspicion that you are driving under the influence, and the other is the 0.08% BAC law. This means that even if you don’t submit to sobriety tests you could still be brought in and charged.
3. You will need to hire a Criminal Law Attorney.
Another thing you can expect when you’re pulled over on suspicion of DUI is the need for an experienced DUI defense attorney. George Gedulin will guide you through the legal process and help negotiate for the most lenient consequences possible. It is important to have an attorney who is at the forefront of criminal defense in the modern world: Implementing both the technological and scientific developments that are key to defending his clients.
At the Law Office of George Gedulin our primary goal is to restore our client’s freedom and peace of mind.
For a free, confidential consultation contact the Law Office of George Gedulin at (858) 281-4605. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.