What Happens After Someone Is Pulled Over On Suspicion Of DUI?
In order to make a stop, there has to be reasonable suspicion. Police officers will typically say that they smell alcohol and that the defendant has bloodshot, watery eyes. They’ll pull the suspect out of the car and administer field sobriety tests to determine if they have probable cause to make an arrest. Probable cause is a fairly low standard. Once they make the arrest, then they go to more formal types of evidentiary testing of your blood or breath.
Am I Required To Take The Standardized Field Sobriety Tests?
You’re not required to perform field sobriety tests, however, if you say no to those tests, it’s probably not going to result in you going home; you’re probably going to be arrested. They will just try to establish probable cause some other way. It may be to your advantage, later on, if they can’t objectively establish that there was probable cause to make the arrest.
Am I Required To Take the Evidential Breathalyzer Test At The Station?
When you get your driver’s license, you’re implying consent to either a blood or a breath test, if there’s probable cause to believe that you may have been drinking while in physical control of a vehicle. By refusing to take the blood or breath test, you’re violating that implied consent. Whether or not you’re found guilty later, Nevada will suspend your license for a period of one year for refusing to take the test. Their standard procedure is to acquire a warrant to take the blood test anyway, and they’re usually successful in getting that.
Will I Be Given Bond Or Bail After A DUI Arrest?
In anything but the most extreme circumstances, bail will be set on a first offense. It might be two to three thousand dollars. You can post that amount with the jail and get out, usually the same day. The only purpose of that money is to make sure you appear for court. You’ll get that money back at the end of the case whether you win or not. If you don’t have two to three thousand dollars, there are companies that will put it up for you for a fee. That fee is usually 20 to 30 percent of the total amount, depending on what kind of collateral you have. These are called bail bond companies.
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