I was stopped for a DUI in Phoenix, Arizona. What do I do at the Police Station?

by Aaron Black • March 13, 2013

First things first, if you are arrested for DUI:

1) Be polite to the officer at all times,

2) Provide your license, registration and insurance,

3) If you are asked to step out of the vehicle – comply,

4) If an officer asks if you have been drinking invoke your 5th Amendment Right to remain silent,

5) Request an attorney,

6) Politely refuse all field sobriety tests (eye test, walk & turn, 1 leg stand),

7) Refuse the PBT – Small breath machine carried by the officer in his car and administered on the side of the road (contrary to popular belief, your license will not be suspended for refusing this test).


If you have been drinking, a trained officer will most likely make an arrest despite refusing these tests. Now that you are on the way to the station, what do you do?

When you get to the station, DUI van, or hospital the officer will ask for a sample of your breath (this breath sample is from a mouthpiece that looks like it is connected to a computer) or blood depending on jurisdiction. The officer will read you something called the Admin Per Se/Implied Consent.

Admin Per Se/Implied Consent basically means if you do not give the officer a blood/breath sample your license will be revoked for 1 year. If you give the sample your license will only be suspended for 90 days. If you refuse to give the blood/breath the police will still obtain your blood. The arresting officer will simply apply for a search warrant, hold you down, and forcibly draw your blood.

 Prior to consenting to the blood/breath sample always ask the officer to speak privately with a lawyer before you make a decision. The police must make a phone available for you and allow you time to contact a lawyer. Take advantage of this.

 Once the police obtain a blood/breath sample always request an independent blood test. The officer must give you the opportunity to make arrangements for the test if you are remaining in custody. If the officer releases you from custody you should go directly to the hospital and have an independent blood test.

 Though you invoked your right to remain silent and requested an attorney the officer may still try and ask you a standard set of DUI questions. The officer will ask how much you drank, when you drank, how much you ate, when you ate, how impaired to you feel, etc. Do not answer these questions. Invoke your right to remain silent and ask for a lawyer.

 Though you will follow these steps if suspected of DUI, your night will most likely end in an arrest.  These steps provide your attorney with more ammunition to fight your case and hopefully avoid a conviction. The only way to truly save yourself from a DUI is to not drive after consuming any amount of alcohol. RIDE A BIKE!

If you have been charged with a DUI call Aaron Black and start fighting these charges. Aaron Black is a Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer and one of the leading trial attorneys in Arizona. Aaron Black is recognized as a 2012 Super Lawyer Rising Star in Criminal Defense (Top 2.5% of lawyers under 40 in Arizona and New Mexico). He is rated 10/10 on AVVO.com, and is rated by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Preeminent Lawyer (the highest level of professional excellence).

About the Author

Aaron Black is the founder and sole attorney of the Law Office of Aaron Black. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, his DUI and criminal defense law firm provides legal services to people who have received felony or misdemeanor charges from the state.

Aaron has developed a strong interest in defending people who have been arrested and received criminal charges for driving under the influence. With his professionalism and knowledge of Arizona DUI and criminal law, he has acted as a check and balance on the police, prosecution and courts and has protected a great number of his clients from excessive and unfair sentencing.

Along with DUI defense, Aaron handles a range of other criminal matters, including aggravated assault, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, drug trafficking, fraud defense, insurance fraud, sex crimes and white-collar crime.

After graduating college in 2003 from the University of Arizona, Aaron decided to pursue a law degree. He followed a family long tradition and went to the University of South Dakota School of Law where he pursued his goal of becoming a criminal defense lawyer.

After passing the Arizona and South Dakota bar exams, Aaron joined the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender where he defended hundreds of people charged with serious criminal offenses. His work as a public defender helped him sharpen his litigation skills and gave him a unique insight into the Arizona criminal justice system.

Over the course of his 15-year legal career, Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in both Arizona justice, municipal, state and federal courts. He has argued over 50 jury trials, tried over 100 bench trials and has become one of the highest-rated criminal and DUI defense attorneys in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. He has received a 10/10 rating from the legal directory Avvo because of his legal background and successful case record. Since 2014, he has received the Super Lawyer rating for his work as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.

You can review Aaron’s Attorney Bio page for more information about his background, education and experience as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.
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