Scottsdale police offer a free breathalyzer

by Aaron Black • February 17, 2017
The Phoenix Open was recently held and known as a party atmosphere the Scottsdale police have tried several things over the last couple of years to curb drinking and driving. According to Golf.com, in addition to increased DUI patrols, they also offered a free breathalyzer test on the way out.

The result was out of nearly 10,000 spectators who voluntarily submitted to the breathalyzer, 4,000 people failed the test. Just to be clear the threat of taking the test and being arrested was taken out of the equation as it was more of an attempt to show those who volunteered where their blood alcohol level was at.

Under normal circumstances, I would tell you to refuse the PBT test and request a lawyer. In fact below are a few tips on what you should do if you get pulled over for a DUI in Scottsdale.

Tips to follow if you get pulled over for suspicion of a DUI

  • Answer the police officer when he asks for your personal information and license
     
  • If the officer asks any questions about you drinking be polite and ask for a lawyer and don’t answer further questions
     
  • Comply when the officer asks you to get out of the car
     
  • If the officer asks if he can look at your eyes or follow his pen, respectfully refuse the test and ask for your lawyer
     
  • If the officer asks you to balance on one leg, again I encourage you to ask for your lawyer and respectfully refuse the test
     
  • If the officer asks you to walk a straight line respectfully refuse the test and request your lawyer
     
  • Last but not least the officer will ask you to blow into his portable breath machine (PBT). Politely refuse the test and ask for your lawyer
You will probably be arrested by the officer under the suspicion of drinking while driving if he can smell the odor of alcohol if he notices bloodshot and watery eyes or your voice was slurred, or he saw you swerve. I do not recommend helping him more by performing the tests.

If you are facing DUI charges in Arizona, or you have questions, please contact DUI Defense Attorney Aaron Black or call (480)729-1683 for a free consultation.
 

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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