Memphis, TN- Being pulled over for a traffic stop is pretty nerve wracking, but it is even worse if an officer suspects you of being intoxicated. Maybe you are or maybe you aren’t, but either way the things you say and the actions you take during that stop can have a huge bearing on your future and the consequences you face. So, it is important you understand what will happen during your stop.
When you are initially pulled over, an officer will observe your behavior and look for the physical signs of intoxication such as slurred speech, blood shot eyes and unsteadiness. These signs alone are not indicative of intoxication, but give police all the probable cause they need to If you exhibit these signs that gives police all the probable cause they need to ask you to submit to field sobriety tests, a breathalyzer or blood test.
DUI attorneys are on the fence about whether or not you should submit to these tests. On the one hand, a refusal leaves authorities with no concrete proof of intoxication and you case will be decided on an officer’s observations alone. This can work to the benefit of your case and possible keep you from being convicted for DUI. On the other hand, you face a whole different set of consequences by refusing.
Tennessee along with the majority of states have no refusal laws, or implied consent laws, which require all motorists to submit to field sobriety and chemical tests or face the consequences. You don’t have to agree to these tests, but not doing so is risky and could result in double the charges; one for DUI and one for refusal. And you can be convicted of both.
If you refuse sobriety tests, you will lose your license immediately and the state will revoke it for a year with no possibility of getting in back. What’s more, a refusal won’t keep you from spending the night in jail.
If you agree to the field sobriety test, an officer will put you through a battery of physical and mental tests. Should you perform poorly on those tests, an officer will then ask you to agree to a breathalyzer if alcohol is suspected and a blood test if they suspect drugs. If your blood alcohol concentration is .08 or more, you will be taken to jail and processed. When an officer suspects drugs, you will be taken to a local hospital for a blood test and then hauled off to jail. Either way your legal troubles are just beginning, so let USAttorneys connect you with an attorney today.
Once you are finally released from jail, your next step should be to contact a DUI defense lawyer in Memphis. There are a number of ways to handle your DUI charges and your legal counsel, after evaluating the evidence, will help you determine what option is best for you. As DUI laws in Tennessee get tougher, you need expert legal counsel otherwise a DUI conviction is almost certain and you will be dealing with the consequences well into the future. Let