DUI Arrests - the Law

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What Constitutes a DUI Arrest?

A DUI arrest usually occurs after the officer has stopped the driver for a traffic violation and after the stop the officer has probable cause to believe that the driver is under the influence of alcohol of drugs or is impaired to drive a motor vehicle. After the stop has been made and the officer has conducted a field sobriety test, the first stage of the criminal process in a DUI case begins once the officer has placed the driver under arrest.

When Can an Officer Make a DUI Arrest?

A police officer that has stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation may place the driver under arrest for a DUI in the following circumstances:

What Happens After the Officer Makes a DUI Arrest?

There are four phases that occur after the officer has placed the driver under arrest:

Should I Contact a Lawyer Regarding a DUI Arrest?

As there are may aspects to DUI arrests that may be contended in court, it is a very wise idea to contact a DUI lawyer. Anything from improper arrest procedure to mistreatment of the suspect may be contested in court, and a criminal defense lawyer may be able to help get you off on one of these procedural aspects.  

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Last Modified: 11-19-2014 02:52 PM PST

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