What To Do When Pulled Over For Drunk Driving

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious criminal offense. Even a conviction for a first-time drunk driving offense can result in high fines, community service and possible jail time, and your driver's license will usually be suspended. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you need the help of a Colorado Springs DUI lawyer like Brian B. Boal of Boal Law Firm, PC.

When you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI, do not panic. The things you do or don't do from the very first police contact can greatly affect the outcome of your case. You may be asked to get out of your car and perform field sobriety tests. These tests are voluntary, and when asked by the officer whether you agree to perform the roadside tests, you should politely say no, as the tests are designed for use by the police as evidence of intoxication against you, not to establish your sobriety.

You may be offered a portable breath test. It is okay to take this test. The results are not admissible as evidence against you in court, and if you do not blow above .08, you may be allowed to go free.

For the official test of your blood-alcohol content (BAC), you will likely be offered the choice of taking a breath test or a blood test. It is recommended that you take the breath test, as your case will most often be more defensible in court. For instance, your attorney can challenge issues such as whether the Intoxilyzer was properly calibrated or whether the police officer was qualified to administer the breath test, or whether the breath test was administered correctly. Be aware however that choosing a breath test may result in the suspension of your driver's license more quickly than a blood test, as it generally takes longer for the government to analyze blood results than breath results.

If You Were Already Arrested for DUI

Of course, you may not have had the opportunity to follow the suggestions above before being arrested for DUI. Do not lose hope. Brian Boal has countless hours of courtroom experience and will work methodically to spot the weaknesses in the prosecution's case against you. Even if you are charged under the state's new felony DUI law, evidence in your case may nevertheless be inadmissible for a variety of technical, legal reasons.

Start Fighting DUI Charges by Calling Us Now For A Consultation

Call at 719-602-2262 or email to discuss your DUI case. The law firm represents clients in El Paso County, Pueblo County, Teller County, Summit County and most other counties up and down the Front Range.