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Determining the Validity of DUI Tests

An arrest for a DUI can be very serious. If found guilty, the charge can remain on your criminal record for a long time and prevent you from working in certain positions. People with DUIs often get a bad reputation for being irresponsible and irrational – this is most certainly not the case and it is critical to seek out an experienced Naperville DUI attorney to help you clear your name and ensure that proper due process is afforded. Our team at the Roscich & Martel Law Firm can help you do just that.

If you have been charged with a DUI, you need a skilled lawyer on your side. Call our firm at (630) 793-6337 now.

Breathalyzer Tests in Illinois

Although you can refuse to take a breathalyzer test, it is not always in your best interest to do so. Illinois has an "implied consent" law that requires you to take a chemical test (blood, urine, or breath) if you are arrested by a police officer. The police officer must have probable cause to believe that you have been driving under the influence before they can lawfully arrest you.

The preliminary breathalyzer test typically happens when you get pulled over and before you are taken into the police station. Although you may refuse this test, the officer can still arrest you if he or she has other probable cause to believe that you have been driving under the influence.

Grounds for probable cause include:

  • slurred speech
  • bloodshot eyes
  • erratic driving

You will still be required to take a chemical test if you are charged and arrested with a DUI as per the "implied consent" law discussed above.

Field Sobriety Tests

Field sobriety tests operate similarly to preliminary breathalyzer tests. You can refuse to partake, but the police officer can still bring you in if he or she has some other probable cause to believe that you have been driving under the influence. What is worse about these particular tests is that the results are extremely subjective and stress can play a major role when undergoing field sobriety tests.

If you do decide to partake in a field sobriety test, do so carefully. Pay attention to the instructions given to you by the police officer and ask questions if you are unsure. Ask to have the officer repeat instructions if you are unsure what is expected of you. Rest assured, it is very likely that the entire test will be recorded for evidentiary purposes and your DUI attorney will be able to determine whether or not you "failed" in the eyes of the law.

Seek Representation from the Roscich & Martel Law Firm

If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI offense in Illinois, seek out representation from an experienced Naperville DUI attorney as soon as possible. At the Roscich & Martel Law Firm, we provide free initial consultations to individuals charged with a DUI. We have a track record of getting our clients’ cases dismissed and have negotiated more serious criminal DUI offenses down to simple misdemeanors. Let our lawyers put their experience to work for you – we are ready to help you seek a favorable outcome in your case.

Schedule your consultation with our firm by contacting us online or calling (630) 793-6337.

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