A new practice to arrest people driving under the influence has gained popularity in Arizona. Recently, the Phoenix Police Department was able to obtain a search warrant digitally and obtain a blood sample for testing on the side of the road. They were able to get the evidence they needed to apprehend someone under the influence of THC and sedatives.
If the police arrest you for driving under the influence of alcohol, then you need to know what to do next. Your actions in the immediate aftermath will affect the outcome.
Use your right to remain silent
Regardless of how much alcohol is actually in your system, you need to remain polite and cooperate with authorities. If the officers arrest you, then you should use your right to remain silent. The prosecutor can turn anything you say against you in court, so you do not want to provide the evidence he or she needs. The police may continue to ask you questions at the station, and you can say you will only talk once you get in touch with your attorney.
Record everything you can remember
After you post bail, you need to make notes about everything that transpired that evening. You should recall how much you drank and what you did before and after you got in the car. You should also recall the reason the officer gave you for pulling you over. Anything may help your case, so every detail is important.
Start building a defense
There are common strategies attorneys implement to get you out of a DUI. The lawyer may seek to prove the officer did not have a valid reason to pull you over, which is why you need to remember the reason the officer gave you for the initial stop. Other defenses can include challenging the credibility of the officer or proving you did not actually drive that evening.