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Driving Under the Influence

Driving Under the Influence

The act of operating a motor vehicle after having consumed alcohol (ethanol) or other drugs (including over the counter medications), to the degree that mental and motor skills are impaired.

Know Your Rights:

• There must be legally sufficient facts to constitute "probable cause" to stop, detain and arrest you.

• You should be advised that submission to field sobriety testing and portable field breath testing is not required by law.

• Once arrested, you must be advised of your constitutional rights (the "Miranda Warning") before any further questioning takes place.

• You must be given a choice of breath or blood testing; if you refuse, you must be advised of the legal consequences (the "implied consent" advisement).

• If a breath test is administered at the police station, since the breath sample is not saved, you must be given a chance to obtain a blood sample for later independent testing by your defense attorney.

General Information:

• If you are driving under the influence with a child in the car you can be charged with "child endangerment" which is a felony.

• It is illegal to have an open container of alcohol in your vehicle, or to drink while in a vehicle - even if the car is parked.

• It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol (or any other drug)

• Your car may be impounded for up to 90 days at your own expense, or even sold with the proceeds going to the city or county.

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