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What to do when suspected of driving under the influence (DUI)

Prohibition ended in 1933, but alcohol continues to be the reason many face legal trouble today. This happens when alcohol is misused or crosses the boundary of Colorado alcohol laws. One way this may occur is when a law enforcement agent suspects someone of driving under the influence (DUI). By law, it is illegal to operate a vehicle with blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.08 percent or more.

So, what do you do if pulled over on suspicion of a DUI? Begin by safely pulling over to the side and remaining calm. Any verbal or physical acts are likely be used against you in court. Understandably, the threat of potential legal problems can heighten your fears and cause you to react in ways that backfire as opposed to remaining calm and polite. No matter what, know your legal rights when a DUI charge is at your doorstep. It may help you down the road as your legal matter moves forward.

Is a field sobriety test mandatory?

Field sobriety tests are completely optional. You shouldn't feel bullied into taking a voluntary sobriety test. This may include a breath test or various balance and coordination tests. Police conduct these types of tests to obtain probable cause leading to an arrest. However, should an officer have an alternative reason to arrest you for a DUI (i.e. open beer can in the car) then you will be required to submit a BAC level test after your arrest.

You have a right to legal representation

If arrested on DUI charges, remember you are always entitled to an attorney. This is a right for anyone defending themselves against criminal accusations. DUI penalties range in severity, but they can greatly limit your freedom and prevent you from driving and working as normally as before. When you seek the advice and assistance of a legal professional, you may avoid these penalties and plan your next-steps navigating the legal system.

Drinking and driving is a harmful combination. Avoid potential criminal charges by not mixing the two. If you are facing DUI charges, it is not the end of the world. There are better choices you can begin making immediately. Ample legal support and resources exist to address your present legal situation and protect your future.

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