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Being Arrested for DUI

When you are stopped for suspected DUI, you run a very high risk of being arrested for your actions. If the acting officer believes that you are unfit to drive your vehicle because you are intoxicated, even if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is below the legal limit of 0.08%, then he or she will handcuff you and take you into police custody.

The arrest process can be quite scary, especially if you don't know what to expect. You may feel inclined to react in a hysterical, uncontrolled, or rebellious manner. Unfortunately, however, if you behave in an aggressive and antagonistic manner, you may face serious consequences. On the whole, police officers have little tolerance for belligerence. Should you argue, make sudden movements, or reach out to touch the officer, you may face very serious consequences.

If you are familiar with the arrest process, as well as what to expect after being taken into custody and charged with DUI, then you may be able to respond to the situation in a calm and composed manner. In general, you will go through the following processes:

  • Field sobriety or in-field breathalyzer tests
  • Being informed of your Miranda Rights
  • Being patted down and/or searched for weapons
  • Being taken into police custody and booked
  • Having personal effects confiscated

Being arrested for DUI does not necessarily mean that you will be convicted of this crime. Keep this in mind if you are ever stopped for driving under the influence. With the support of a qualified Seattle DUI lawyer, you may be able to successfully fight the charges.

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If you have been charged with DUI, then you will need an experienced attorney to effectively represent and protect you in court. To get the legal help you need, contact the Seattle DUI lawyers of Cowan Kirk today by dialing 1-866-822-1230.

Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn

Cowan Kirk is known throughout Washington and the nation for representing all of its clients with commitment, creativity and compassion. We recognize how devastating a DUI charge can be, particularly when our clients learn how incredibly tough Washington's DUI laws have become, even for a first-time offender.

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