Phoenix, AZ– Did you know that 1.5 million Americans are charged with a drunk driving each year? Did you also know that a DUI arrest usually the only interaction most Arizona residents will have with the justice system? Drunk driving is sadly common across the U.S., and there are many myths about DUIs, which is why the team of DUI lawyers in Arizona at USAttorneys wanted to clarify four of the more common myths about DUI charges in California.

Officers can’t stop me unless my driving is dangerous

The U.S. Constitution requires officers to have probable cause to pull you over. That means they can’t just pull you over to see if you are drunk, but they can pull you over for something minor like failing to use a turn signal. You can be pulled over if you drift out of your lane for a second or have a busted tail light and those minor stops can lead to a DUI arrest if you appear to be impaired.

I don’t have to participate in field sobriety tests

When an officer suspects you’ve been drinking, they will ask you to participate in field sobriety tests, a breathalyzer or a chemical test. Technically, you don’t have to submit to these tests, but refusing them has consequences which, in Arizona, include one-year suspension of your driver’s license and fines. There is a long-standing myth that refusing field sobriety tests will keep you from being charged with a DUI. That isn’t true, and sometimes you can face charges for refusing and for driving under the influence.

Breathalyzers are infallible

Many motorists believe breathalyzers are one-hundred percent accurate, but they aren’t. Breathalyzer must be recalibrated and properly maintained to be accurate. Officers also have to be trained how to use breathalyzers correctly to get an accurate blood alcohol concentration. A local DUI lawyer will be aware of any problems local law enforcement has with the operation or accuracy of a breathalyzer which can be used to build on the strength of your defense.

This another misconception our team of DUI lawyers in Tennessee encounter in their practice. Although breathalyzers are commonly used, they aren’t perfect. Breathalyzers can be inaccurate if they are not calibrated regularly or an officer is not trained on how to properly operate a breathalyzer machine. These devices can also give an inaccurate reading if the suspected individual suffers from a medical condition such as diabetes.

I can beat a DUI without an attorney

You may be able to beat a DUI without a lawyer or you may not; the real question you need to ask is: Do you want to take that risk?  Of course, it’s a 50/50 chance you’ll avoid conviction anyway, but having a defense attorney on your side will put the odds in your favor. The prosecution is going to work hard to conviction you which means you could use someone on your side who can counter the evidence against you and show you are a person of character.

If you or someone you know is facing a DUI charge, USAttorneys can connect you with a DUI lawyer near you in Arizona. Our team of attorneys will explain the consequences you are facing and how they may be able stop a DUI conviction.