Stopped by the police for suspected DUI? Despite feeling otherwise in such a situation, you still have all the rights of an American citizen. Being arrested on drunk driving charges is often an overwhelming experience. Defendants sometimes feel humiliated and uncomfortable, a situation that can cause people to forget about their rights as citizens.
In Oklahoma and all of America, we enjoy these rights under our nation's constitution and you can protect them during every stage of a DUI arrest. First, you do not have to admit to anything but we encourage you to always be polite and courteous when speaking with law enforcement personnel. Second, you do not have to answer questions about your activities. Third, you do not have to engage in the physical field sobriety tests officers might request. This includes walking a straight line and reciting the alphabet backwards.
As far as chemical blood alcohol tests are concerned, you have the right to refuse them, but it will likely land you in the police station. You may also lose your driving privileges for a while if you refuse the tests. Ultimately, it is up to you to make these decisions, but it is important to understand that you do have the right to refuse. If you are absolutely sober and have had no alcohol, it probably will not hurt your case to submit to blood alcohol testing.
Regardless of the events that take place during a DUI traffic stop and subsequent arrest, you are going to need representation to emerge from the experience as undamaged as possible. Learn more about your legal rights and options by reviewing additional information about DUIs on our website.