Drunk Driving Attorney Newark
If you have recently been arrested for a drunk driving offense, you may be looking for legal counsel. The attorneys at Rispoli & Borneo, P.C. have over 20 years of experience defending people just like you against DUI charges. We know the law, we know the Newark courts, and we know how to provide you with competent representation.
If this is your first DUI charge, you may be looking for basic information about your arrest before you contact a drunk driving attorney in Newark. First, you should learn the anatomy of the charges against you:
1. The Traffic Stop.
The police officer who stopped you must have done so lawfully. Typically, this means that he or she must have witnessed you violating a traffic law, such as running a red light or stop sign, or he or she must have witnessed you driving erratically.
2. The Field Sobriety Test.
After pulling you over, if the officer thinks that you are driving under the influence of alcohol, he or she may ask that you take a field sobriety test. This is often based on the smell of alcohol or on observations such as slurred speech, confusion, or other indicators of impairment. There are several different field sobriety tests and it is important that you note exactly which test or tests you take during your stop. Some field sobriety tests are scientifically more reliable than others, and therefore more likely to be admissible in court. Some examples of commonly used field sobriety tests include standing on one leg, walking in a line, and touching your finger to your nose. You may also be asked to recite numbers or letters in a specific sequence, such as counting backwards from 100 by 7.
3. The Chemical Test (Breathalyzer).
If you did not perform well on a field sobriety test, you may be asked to take a breathalyzer test to determine your blood alcohol concentration. You may request to take another chemical test, however, such as a urine sample or blood draw test (neither of which can be administered on the roadside — unlike a breathalyzer). Generally speaking, you cannot refuse to take one of these tests without incurring penalties, such as a mandatory driver’s license suspension. The reason for this is that in exchange for a license to drive, you have given your implied consent to submit to a chemical test under certain circumstances.
Following these three steps, the police officer may determine that there is probable cause to make an arrest. A police officer may also be able to make an arrest based on other observations he or she may have made during his or her interaction with you during the traffic stop. Your drunk driving attorney will likely want to know as many details about this traffic stop as possible.
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As you can see, the details of your arrest are important and can affect what evidence is admissible against you. More broadly, they can even affect the likelihood of a conviction. Consider reaching out to a qualified and experienced drunk driving attorney Newark residents trust to make sure that your rights are protected. Our attorneys are here to help. Contact Rispoli & Borneo, P.C. today for a free initial consultation.