We have already presented answers to a number of common DUI questions, but if you still have questions, here are a few more answers to questions commonly heard by Vista DUI lawyer Peter M. Liss.
What do police look for when it comes to identifying drunk drivers?
Driving behavoirs that indicate a lack of concentration or control are often interpreted as signs of drunk driving. For example, taking turns too widely, failing to stop at intersections, drifting between lanes, inappropriate slowing or stopping, seemingly random changes in speed or driving at night without headlights. Police also look for anything wrong with your car, like missing license plates, expired registration, or inoperable rear lights, which then give them a basis to stop your vehicle and check for alcohol consumption.
If I am pulled over and the police officer asks me if I have been drinking, what should I say?
If you have not been drinking, then simply say “no.” If you have been, do not lie, but also refuse two answer the question. You are not required to answer any questions that may incriminate you. While the police will not let you call a Vista DUI lawyer during your detention or arrest, you should set up a consultation with a DUI defense attorney in Vista as soon as you get out of jail.
These same rules apply when an officer asks you where you are driving from, particularly if you just left a bar or a party.
Do I have an option as to which chemical test I can take?
Yes. While officers will often ask suspects to take a breath test without informing them that they also have the option to take a blood test, you have the right to choose either of the chemical tests. If you have been suspected of driving under the influence of a drug, you have the right to choose between a urine or blood test.
The results of any test you take can be fought by your Vista DUI lawyer, but you are legally required to submit to one of the tests.
I’m from another state and the police officer didn’t take my license, does that mean I can still drive?
A California law enforcemnt officer cannot physically seize the license from an out of state driver because that document technically is the property of the state it was issued in. Whether or not your license is actually taken from you though, you still cannot drive in California state limits and many states will also suspend your driving privelleges if they learn about the DUI suspension in California.
If you have any other questions about the legal process involved with Driving Under the Influence cases in North County, California, please call Vista DUI lawyer Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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