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Post-Arrest Detention & Questioning

Once you have been detained and an officer believes you are under the influence, they can ask you incriminating questions such as how much you had to drink or what you have consumed. They may not offer you the opportunity to speak with a Los Angeles DUI attorney, however it is important to know you do not have to answer any questions. If you do answer these questions, the answers may be used against you in court.

Once the “stop” has escalated into a “detention,” you must be read your Miranda rights and you may request that an attorney be present before speaking to police. However, you are not entitled to speak to a criminal defense lawyer or have a lawyer present before or during your submission to a chemical test. If you were not read your Miranda rights after being placed in custody, any statements you made to the officers may be challenged in court.

We understand that all of this information can be confusing, no matter how plainly it is stated. This is why it is vital that you consult with an experienced and knowledgeable Los Angeles DUI defense lawyer right away.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • How should I act if police pull me over?

    Stay calm. Make sure to keep your important documents on hand. Keep your hands in plain sight, and on the steering wheel. Be courteous.

  • What signs of intoxication do police look for?

    • Flushed face
    • Eyes that are red, watery, glassy and/or bloodshot
    • Inside of car or driver’s breath smells distinctly of alcohol
    • Slurred speech
    • Swaying and/or unstable on feet
    • Disoriented about the time and location
    • Disorderly appearance
    • Behaving in an inappropriate manner

  • Do I have to submit to DUI testing?

    Under California’s Implied Consent law you are required to submit to chemical testing. If you refuse to take a breathalyzer test, you will lose your driver’s license for at least one year. However, you have to right to refuse to submit to field sobriety testing without any penalty for doing so.