The Orange County Sheriff’s Department announced that special “roving patrols” will be out this weekend, looking for impaired drivers. Specifically, they’re looking to target potential DUI drivers after Super Bowl parties.
Be careful, but keep your rights in mind. Should you find yourself pulled over, anything you say can be used against you, including the standard questions on the side of the road: “Have you had anything to drink?’ “Do you feel the effects of the alcohol?”
Unless you’re under 21 or are on DUI probation, you do not have to submit to the field breath test (the PAS device – Preliminary Alcohol Screening device). That test may be admissible against you, even though it’s not required. What is required is that if you are lawfully arrested for DUI, you must submit to a chemical test (breath or blood) to determine your alcohol level. If you refuse the official test after an arrest, then they can tack on additional punishment and license suspensions.
Keep in mind – if you have been arrested for DUI, you only have 10 days to request a hearing with the DMV or they will automatically suspend your license, no questions asked.
Give my office a call to discuss your situation.
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