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What happens at the police station after a DUI arrest?

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2022 | Blog, Dui/dwai |

No one in Colorado expects to be stopped by police and arrested for driving under the influence. However, if you have consumed alcohol or drugs and then got behind the wheel, it could happen. This is what to expect at the police station after you are taken into custody.

First steps after a DUI arrest

If you have been brought back to the police station after an arrest for driving under the influence, an officer will search you and take your property. They’ll ask questions about your overall health and whether you take medications. They’ll also inform you of your license suspension and how long to expect it to last.

An officer will have you take a breath test, which you can agree to take or refuse. Although you have the right to refuse, it si generally not in your best interest to do so and can work against you when your case goes to trial. You will be read your Miranda rights and the officer will want to ask you more questions, which you can refuse to answer. At this point, you have the right to request an attorney instead of speaking with police.

What happens next?

The booking process takes place after the interview. The police will run a background check to see if you have any prior criminal history, take your mugshot and record your name and driver’s license information. You will then be placed in a holding cell until bail is determined or an agreement is made to release you on your own recognizance.

Unless you’re scheduled for a bond hearing first thing in the morning, you have the right to make a phone call to a family member or friend to pay for your bond. This allows you to get out of jail for the time being.