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Most importantly, an officer must have probable cause to pull you over. An officer establishes probable cause if you are swerving, cause an accident, speed or have a headlight or taillight out.
Once you are pulled over:
- You will first be asked to take a field sobriety test or breathalyzer test.
- The roadside sobriety test will include anything from standing on one leg to answering questions. Sometimes the officer will ask you to perform the eye test or a test in which you read the alphabet backwards.
- If you refuse to take the field sobriety or breathalyzer test, which you have the right to do, your driver's license will automatically be suspended for 120 days, even if you are subsequently found not guilty. First offenders in most cases should always take the test.
- If you fail the sobriety test or blow a .08 or more on the breathalyzer, you will most likely be arrested. At this time, you may be asked to relinquish your driver's license
- You will be taken to jail in a police car while sitting in handcuffs.
- You will be allowed to sober up in jail as proceedings against you begin.
- If you have been arrested for a DUI/DWI, it is important that you consult an experienced Maryland DUI attorney immediately because DUI is a criminal offense and carries severe penalties. Your attorney will guide you through the initial process with MVA. He or she should then enter their appearance with the Court and serve the State with discovery. Your attorney will then obtain the State's entire file for your case.
If you or a family member has been charged with DUI or DWI and would like a free legal consultation or if you would like more information on DUI or DWI please feel free to contact our office at (855) 954-4141 or visit our website.