What should I do at the Police Station after I've been arrested for a DUI in Scottsdale?
If you are arrested for DUI your initial responses can mean all the difference
- Be polite to the Police Officer at all times
- When asked provide the Officer your license, registration and insurance
- Comply with the Officer if you are asked to step out of the vehicle
- Invoke your 5th Amendment Right to remain silent if the officer asks you if you have been drinking
- Immediately request a lawyer
- Politely refuse all field sobriety tests (eye test, walk & turn, 1 leg stand)
- Respectfully refuse the PBT (Portable breathalyzer Test) The PBT is a small breath machine carried by the officer which can be administered on the side of the road. Contrary to popular belief your license will not be suspended for refusing this test
Prior to consenting to the blood/breath sample I encourage you to ask the officer to speak with a lawyer. You can then privately speak to your lawyer to get legal advice before you make a decision to provide samples. If you have requested a lawyer the police must make a phone available for you and allow you time to contact a lawyer and as a DUI lawyer, I urge you to do so. I also recommend that you request an independent blood test after the police have obtained the blood/breath sample from you. By law the Police must give you the opportunity to make arrangements for the test if you have to remain in custody. If you are released from custody under your own recognizance I recommend that you go directly to the hospital and have an independent blood test.
Even though you have invoked your 5th Amendment right to remain silent and you requested a lawyer the arresting officer may still try to ask you a standard set of DUI questions such as how much you drank, when did last drink and eat and how much please do not answer these questions.
In the end the only way to truly save yourself from a DUI is to not drink and drive no matter how little alcohol you have may consumed. If however you have been charged with a DUI click here to contact me for a free consultation or call 480-729-1683 for a free legal consultation.