Many people in Maryland and states around the nation get pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Facing charges related to DUI can be very stressful. A DUI conviction could mean losing one’s job and being alienated by family, friends, and others in the community, not to mention the legal repercussions. Drivers should be aware of how a DUI stop works and understand the consequences of a conviction.
How a DUI stop usually works
Police officers will stop drivers for various reasons when they suspect the driver is impaired by drugs or alcohol. Once stopped, the driver may be asked to perform field sobriety tests to determine if they are impaired. An officer may ask someone accused of DUI to complete physical tasks to show balance and coordination.
A driver may also be asked to take a breathalyzer test to determine what their blood alcohol content is. Drivers who test above the legal limit of 0.08% may be issued a traffic citation, receive an Order of Suspension, and be arrested. Those who refuse to submit to a chemical test may face the same consequences. Police officers may confiscate a driver’s license and issue a 45-day temporary license.
Seek legal advice when facing DUI charge
When someone is accused of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they may not know where to turn for help. Maryland drivers who are facing DUI charges should consult an attorney so they’re aware of their rights. Every individual is allowed to defend themselves against criminal charges and speaking with an attorney can help one develop the right defense strategy based on the events that occurred.