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As you pull up to where road is blocked an angry police officer begins yelling for you to roll your window down and shut off your car. Unsure why he is so upset you roll your window down and try to calm yourself. As your window comes down he sticks a bright high powered mag light into your car and shines it right on your face. He immediately begins interrogating you with questions like, “Where are you coming from?” “Where are you going?” “How much have you had to drink tonight!”
Still unsure as to why he’s so angry you to try to answer but your heart is now pounding so fast and you’re beginning to perspire excessively because of intimidating scene in front of you. You hesitate, and then nervously answer his questions and honestly state that you had 1 glass of wine tonight.
The officer barks, “Why did you have to think about how much you had to drink, you’re not sure are you?” With your response you simply state that you just hadn’t thought about it before he asked.
He then asks you to step out of your car and perform a series of strange exercises in front of this large group of people who has now begun to yell at you. You are made to stand on one foot and count, then a pen is waved in front of your face followed by police officer demanding that you blow into this little device he pulled from his squad car. You remember something about not having to do anything without speaking to a lawyer first and you ask police officer about this. He fires back that you are afraid to blow because you know you are guilty and have drank excessively. He tells you that you’ll be in big trouble if you don’t blow into machine. Unsure of what you are supposed to do or what your rights are, you do as officer demands.
Your heart is literally pounding and you feel sweat dripping from your forehead as you think about what is happening. Still unsure of what your rights are in this situation you decide that best thing to do is answer all of police officer’s questions and do as your told.
After another series of questions he writes what seems like a paragraph on some type of report and then informs you that you are being arrested for suspicion of DUI. You are handcuffed and put in back of police car while group of people standing off to side cheer.
In his police report he notes that you smelled like alcohol, admitted to drinking alcohol, were perspiring excessively, swerved while approaching checkpoint, and appeared “disoriented” and “nervous.” He also notes that you failed all field sobriety tests.
Could this be you?
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