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What are the potential consequences of a drunk driving arrest?

Many people in Colorado have never been stopped by the police on suspicion of drunk driving. However, it does happen regularly. Sometimes police have extra patrols out during holidays when drinking is common, such as this past St. Patrick's Day, the Fourth of July or New Year's Eve. Or police may be parked on the side of the road, looking out for motorists driving erratically. Or police may have pulled a person over for a different offense, such as speeding, and noticed alcohol in the vehicle. No matter what the circumstances are, it is good to have some idea of what to expect at a DUI stop.

First of all, the driver may be asked to exit his or her vehicle and perform a field sobriety test, such as standing on one leg or walking heel-to-toe for a certain distance. Based on the results of that test, an officer may determine the driver is potentially under the influence of alcohol or drugs. An officer may also ask the driver to submit to a breath test to see what the driver's blood alcohol content is. A reading of 0.08 percent or higher indicates the individual is above the legal limit for driving.

If the police believe the driver should be arrested for drunk driving, the driver will be placed in handcuffs and taken to jail. Once at jail, the police may test the driver's urine, saliva, breath or blood in order to find out whether the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

There are other consequences should an individual be arrested for potentially diving under the influence. For example, the individual's vehicle may be impounded. The individual will be fingerprinted and his or her photo will be taken. This will become a part of the individual's police record. Finally, the individual will either be taken to an alcohol detoxification facility or remain in jail until he or she sobers up.

Facing drunk driving charges can be a terrible experience, especially if you believe that you were not intoxicated. If that is the case, you may want to contact a Colorado DUI attorney who can explain your rights.

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