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A few notes and observations on DWI/DUI stops, arrests

We have noted in past select blog posts the repercussions that can follow from a drunk driving arrest and conviction in Arkansas.

Like many other states, the penalties can be severe and seem even draconian to many people. There is of course the immediate fear and frustration that ensues for most motorists following a police stop and the realization that a police officer suspects drunk driving activity. There are the questions and demands, the field sobriety tests, Arkansas’ implied consent law that provides for blood-alcohol testing, and follow-up procedures and measures.

Of course, those are preliminary factors associated with a DWI/DUI arrest in Arkansas. Jail time, fines, license suspension, ignition interlock device installation, job loss (especially for commercial license holders), unwanted notoriety -- such outcomes and more potentially await persons convicted of drunk driving in the state.

Of course, and as we have noted, a police stop of a motorist following an officer’s suspicion of drunk driving does not necessarily lead to any of those results. Authorities do not have unbridled power to make demands and arrest persons; rather, they must comply with relevant laws and operate pursuant to rules and regulations that govern interactions between police officers and citizens.

An officer must have reasonable grounds for even stopping a motorist. Testing machines must be properly calibrated. Tests must be fairly administered and evaluated. Legal rights must be disclosed.

A proven DWI/DUI defense attorney is finely tuned to all nuances in the law and can help promote the best interests of any motorist who is facing a drunk driving charge.

As a legal advocate notes in a recent media article on drunk driving charges, a client-empathetic and impassioned attorney will seek to do just that, by employing all relevant defenses and ardently pursuing a best outcome in every matter.

Source: Huffington Post, "DUI: No, we really don't know ourselves!" Saul Segan, May 16, 2014

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