Obviously the best way to avoid a DUI is to consume alcohol responsibly and to always have a designated driver. If you are pulled over and suspected of being DUI, here are a few things to keep in mind.
You are not required to answer questions such as how much you had to drink. You have a 5th Amendment right to remain silent. You cannot be compelled to provide evidence against yourself. Secondly, you cannot be compelled to submit to Field Sobriety testing.
Field Sobriety tests are designed to make you look bad on video and cannot be reasonably performed by even completely sober drivers. There is almost no advantage to submitting to these tests. If asked to submit to field sobriety testing respectfully tells the police officer that you decline. Also, ask for him to call you a cab if he feels you should not be driving.
As for the breath, breath, or urine test, if you are read the Georgia Implied Consent Warning, there are specific rights involved therein. Also, there are important decisions you must make. You have the right to refuse to take the State-administered test, but if you refuse, the police office can move to suspend your license for up to one year. If you submit to testing you are entitled and absolutely should ask for an independent blood test at a hospital of your choice. Make sure the test is for whole blood, not serum blood and that the hospital keeps a chain of custody so it can be admitted into court.
Ultimately, the choice to submit to testing is an individual choice that the driver must make at the time he is arrested for DUI in Fulton County Georgia. If you are suspected of DUI in Fulton County or the Atlanta Metro area,call DUI Lawyer Richard Lawson for a free consultation today.
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