With the upcoming holidays, law enforcement will be out in full force, stopping people for suspected DUI. Just recently, a local news anchor, Amanda Davis of Fox 5 News, was arrested after a wrong-way crash and charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane.
When Davis was asked by the officer if she had been drinking, she said yes – not following rule number 1 of the 4 simple rules to remember when stopped by the police. However, she did refuse a breathalyzer test and field sobriety test. As you may have seen in previous blogs or on a MRGADUI koozie, I want to remind everyone of the 4 simple rules:
- Never admit to drinking or anything else. This does not mean deny drinking, it means do NOT admit or deny drinking or anything else. You do not have to provide any evidence that may incriminate you.
- Do not submit to any roadside field sobriety evaluations. Roadside tests are voluntary and can include an eye test, walking a straight line, standing on one leg, ABCs, and/or a portable breath test.
- Do not take any state tests after your arrest if you believe you might be over the legal limit of .08 limit.
- If you are under 21 and receive a traffic ticket, call me! Since many traffic violations in addition to DUI can result in license suspension for underage drivers, it’s best to contact me to see whether your license is subject to suspension.
* The above information is intended to help educate members of the Georgia motoring public as to their rights under the law and to assist presumptively innocent citizens in properly asserting those rights. Information within this site should not be misconstrued as legal advice.
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