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What to Do if You are Arrested for DUI in North Carolina

If you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you will likely be asked to take a Breathalyzer test. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is over .08%, you will be charged with a DUI and may face jail time, fines, and possible license suspension. In order to protect your rights and minimize the chances of getting convicted, it is important to know what to do if you are arrested for DUI in North Carolina.

Remain Calm

After being stopped for DUI in North Carolina, it is important to remain calm. The officer who has stopped you is likely just doing their job and acting out of concern for public safety. By remaining calm, you can better communicate with the officer and potentially avoid any misunderstandings. Additionally, it is important to remember that you have the right to remain silent and to contact an attorney.

Cooperate With Police

In North Carolina, motorists are legally obligated to comply with law enforcement officer's requests after being pulled over for a suspected DUI. This includes providing identification, following the officer's instructions, and answering any questions posed by the officer. Motorists are also required to take a breathalyzer test or other chemical test if requested by the officer. Refusal to comply with any of these requests can result in additional penalties, including fines and driver's license suspension.

For example, if you refuse to take a breathalyzer test, the police may impound your car and have the right to automatically revoke your driver’s license for a minimum of one year.

Request an Attorney

When an individual is arrested for a DUI in North Carolina, they may request to speak with an attorney. This request is made in order to ensure that the individual has access to legal representation during the proceedings. In many cases, speaking with an attorney can help to protect the individual's rights and may improve their chances of achieving a favorable outcome in the case.

Beware of Field Sobriety Tests

When a driver is stopped and suspected of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs in North Carolina, the police officer may ask the driver to submit to field sobriety tests. However, you should know that these tests are voluntary and that you can refuse them without penalty.

However, drivers should be aware that refusing a field sobriety test may lead to suspicion by the officer and could result in a longer detention while the officer investigates the driver's impairment.

Contact an Experienced DUI Attorney

In conclusion, if you are arrested for DUI in North Carolina, it is important to remember that you have the right to remain silent and to speak with an attorney. An attorney at Coastal South Law can help you understand the charges against you, and can provide guidance on how to best defend yourself. The attorney will also be able to advise you on what steps to take if you are convicted of DUI.

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