In Arizona, DUIs are met with some of the harshest penalties in the nation. For this reason, it’s important to have an experienced defense attorney in your corner looking out for your best interests every step of the way all the while working towards the best outcome possible. The qualified Kingman DUI Attorneys at The Law Offices of Brandon White are here to help you understand your charges, evaluate the evidence, and keep your best interests in mind throughout the entire process.
If you have been cited or charged with a Misdemeanor or Felony DUI in Kingman, Arizona odds are that you received that citation out of one of the following courts: Kingman Cerbat Justice Court, Kingman Municipal Court, or Mohave County Superior Court. On this page, we will discuss some of the methods police officers use to generate evidence against you in a DUI traffic stop, and some of the ways we can help you defend against these serious charges.
Field Sobriety Tests
If you get pulled over in Arizona under suspicion of driving under the influence, you may be subject to a battery of field sobriety tests by the officer. These vary from state to state, and so does their constitutional standing. In Arizona, you will most likely be subject to these 3 tests:
- The Walk and Turn: Just like it sounds, the driver is asked to execute 9 heel to toe steps, turn, and then repeat this maneuver
- The One-legged Stand: the driver is asked to lift one foot six inches or so above the ground, look at their toe, and remain standing while counting until told to stop
- The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, or HGN: a officer certified in the use of HGN will ask a driver to maintain eye contact with the tip of a pen as the officer observes whether their eyes track smoothly or skip around
According to an Arizona Supreme Court Ruling in State v. Superior Court (Blake), officers require only reasonable suspicion to submit you to testing. Keep in mind that the purpose of the field sobriety tests is to generate additional evidence against you, even though these tests may not be the best indicator of impairment since they are purely subjective. Completely sober people can often lose their balance or experience stress during these tests, and there are several factors that may influence your performance, including:
- Lighting, traffic and noise
- Weather (wind/rain)
- Uneven Surface where Test was performed
- Previous or Recent Surgeries
- Feeling Tired or Sleepy
- Age and weight
- Driver impairments
- Whether the instructions were clearly provided
- Language barriers
- Officer’s subjective evaluation, Yikes!
Breathalyzers & Blood Draws
Breathalyzers are often used to determine the impairment of a driver while they are pulled over. These devices generally seek to measure the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of the driver. However, these machines can be prone to error and can even produce inaccurate results at the time of the test.
If you are arrested for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence after being submitted to these tests, odds are that you will be taken to a facility operated by the police. While there, the officer will attempt to obtain your blood, urine, or other bodily substance to determine your BAC and/or any other substance you have in your body that they can relate to the alleged impairment. Because of implied consent laws in Arizona which state that agreeing to drive in Arizona means advance agreement to testing, you may likely will have to give your blood for testing. However, it is important to remember that, if you give blood, you should be informed of your right to get it tested by an independent third party outside of the police.
Call a Kingman DUI Attorney Today!
Our attorneys are extremely experienced at gathering evidence, reviewing your case, and arguing for the best outcome possible. Don’t go it alone, Having our Kingman DUI Lawyers on your side can help protect your future, reducing the chances that you face the extreme penalties for a DUI. Call The Law Offices of Brandon White to schedule a complimentary strategy session today!