Have You Been Arrested for DUI?
Understanding Your Rights During a DUI Arrest
If you have been arrested for DUI/OUI, you may have many questions. Do not be overwhelmed by the situation—get in touch with a DUI attorney in Western Massachusetts immediately. You may not understand the DUI arrest procedure or your rights throughout the process, but reviewing the events with a skilled legal professional may help you get informed. The legal team at The Law Offices of Joseph D. Bernard P.C. devotes a large part of our criminal law practice to defending clients against charges of DUI. As the founding attorney, Attorney Bernard brings a unique level of insight to DUI cases.
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When you work with our team, you gain access to the following:
- An attorney with a history of success and who has tried 200+ cases
- A former Assistant District Attorney with working knowledge of prosecutor tactics
- A legal team that devotes substantial time and effort to each individual case they handle
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Contact our firm today and discuss your situation. The sooner you prepare a defense with a skilled legal professional by your side, the closer you are to positive resolution!
What to Expect in a DUI Arrest
The first stage of the criminal process begins when a police officer stops you on suspicion of driving under the influence. At this stage, it is likely that you will be asked to perform field sobriety tests or take a portable breath test. Since you are not arrested yet, there is no legal responsibility for you to take these tests. An arrest occurs when you are formally placed into police custody and are no longer free to move around or leave the scene.
Once you have been arrested, you will be brought to the police station and required to take a breath, blood, or urine test. The result of this test will generally be the basis for the case against you in court. When you have been arrested for driving under the influence, be sure to have an experienced DUI defense attorney from the Law Offices of Joseph D. Bernard P.C. by your side.
When Can I Be Arrested for DUI?
Any driver that has gotten behind the wheel of a car with a blood alcohol content higher than 0.08% may find themselves facing DUI charges. Even if you are accused of this, police must have had a legitimate reason to stop and arrest you.
You can only be arrested for DUI if the police officer:
- Personally observed you driving under the influence of alcohol
- Has probable cause to believe you consumed alcohol before driving
- Made a lawful traffic stop and discovered signs of intoxication
- Obtained an arrest warrant
There are many ways that a DUI case can be defended in court, and the manner of the arrest is one of them. Law enforcement officers are held to a high standard when stopping someone that has been accused of DUI, and charges can be reduced or even eliminated if any part of the DUI stop is considered unlawful.
Call Today for Trusted DUI Defense
Being arrested for DUI is just the start of a complex and lengthy legal process that places your rights and freedoms at stake. You are facing the suspension of your license, hefty fines, and even time behind bars. When you are being accused of DUI, you need to be confident that every stone will be overturned by an attorney willing to fight for you until the end.
Contact The Law Offices of Joseph D. Bernard P.C. for a free case consultation!