DUI Arrest Now What? A Book by Donald Hammond
The DUI Attorney Don Hammond
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Being arrested is one of the scariest experiences a person can have.
You are driving home from a party. You know you had two beers, but you are not sure where that puts your blood alcohol content (BAC). You feel fine, but it is also 2:30 A.M., and you are feeling tired, fatigued. You catch flashing lights in your mirror, and the rest is history.
You pull over safely, and the officer is at your window, saying you were speeding and weaving. He smells the odor of an alcoholic beverage and asks you to step out of the car. He asks you a series of questions about drinking – when, where, how much? – you should not answer these questions. He asks you to follow a pen with your eyes, walk on a line, and stand on one leg – you should not do any of these things. He asks you to blow into a portable alcohol screening (PAS) device – you should not do this either. Then he asks you to turn around, and he puts handcuffs on your wrists.
Now, the officer tells you that you must make a choice between a blood test or a breath test, and that you cannot talk to an attorney before making that choice. If you refuse a chemical test, your driver’s license will be suspended for at least one year, with no option for a restricted license. You choose blood because you think it is more accurate and will lead to some additional delay.
The officer transports you to a hospital, and a nurse draws your blood. Then, you are taken to a police station, where you are booked, fingerprinted, photographed, and left in a cold cell for several hours.
When you are finally released, you are given two pieces of paper: a temporary driver’s license, and a notice to appear in court.
THIS is just the beginning.
Your next move should be to contact an attorney with extensive training and expertise in DUI defense. Make this call as soon as possible to avoid an automatic suspension of your driver license.
Get Attorney Don Hammond’s published book DUI Arrest, Now What? A Primer for the Accused today for free.