May 20, 2014
Every summer, local police officers in Ventura increase their efforts to crack down on motorists driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. They know that drivers are often traveling to and from summer parties where there is plenty of drinking. So, they actively search for signs of intoxication. This summer, you can expect to see DUI sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols on weekends, in addition to Ventura officers camped out in busy areas just waiting to arrest drunk drivers.
The best way to avoid a drunk driving arrest this summer is to not drive after drinking. Even if you have only had a couple of beers, you should avoid getting behind the wheel. Instead of risking being arrested, use a designated driver or call a cab. If you are attending an event or partying at a friend's house, why not stay overnight and drive home in the morning?
When you are behind the wheel this summer, make sure you travel at a safe speed and keep your attention on the roadway. If you drift from your lane while sending a text, a nearby officer may take that as a sign of intoxication and pull you over. So, it is important that you exercise safe driving habits and do not draw attention to yourself by behaving erratically. Officers who are looking for signs of impaired driving are more likely to assume that you are drunk.
When speaking with officers, remember that you do not have to answer any of their questions; however, refusing to speak could motivate them to question you further. Avoid questions regarding what you have had to drink, but try to remain polite and calm. During the traffic stop, you have the right to refuse to take a breath test or to participate in field sobriety tests. You do not, however, have the right to refuse an official blood alcohol test at the station if you are arrested.
If you are arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, make sure you ask for your attorney to be present. Do not answer any questions about where you were or what you were doing without an attorney by your side. An experienced Ventura DUI defense lawyer can help you fight the charges and ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way.