If the police pull you over and accuse you of driving under the influence (DUI), you might be unaware of what to do. If you misunderstand the laws, you could land yourself in unnecessary trouble.
Many people think that a DUI is a minor charge and not one to bother defending. It can carry jail time and fines, even on a first offense. A combination of factors, such as having children in the car and having committed the crime before, could make it a felony DUI leading to several years in prison.
Accurate information is crucial when stopped and accused of drunk driving
Like most areas of the law, there is a lot of confusion among the general public. Relying on what you think is right or what a friend told you could be problematic. Here are three frequent myths about DUI stops:
● The vehicle was not moving: You could still get a DUI even if stationary.
● The police cannot prosecute if I am under the limit: The blood alcohol limit makes it easier to convict people for drunk driving. Yet, even if you do not test over the limit, you could face a DUI conviction if the police can show evidence of impaired driving.
● You can refuse the Breathalyzer test: Technically, you can refuse, and the police will not force you to blow. However, it is illegal to do so under Minnesota law. When you get behind the wheel, you give implied consent to testing. If you refuse, a court will punish you.
Whatever the circumstances of your DUI arrest, it is crucial to seek legal help to look at defense options. It is not a charge to ignore. Doing so could jeopardize your future.