Find out if you can lawfully refuse the breathalyzer.
Today’s topic: DUI and the Breathalyzer test.
But first, your daily dose of legalese: This podcast does not create an attorney-client relationship with any listener. In other words, although I am a lawyer, I’m not your lawyer. In fact, we barely know each other. If you need personalized legal advice, contact an attorney in your community.;
What to Do if You Are Pulled Over for DUI
An anonymous listener informs me that he was “recently pulled over and charged with a DUI because the officer saw me swerve into his lane.” Mr. Anonymous admits that he had been drinking beer, but then very helpfully explains:
But I was texting my girlfriend that I was coming home and wasn’t watching the road. But also my vehicle pulls to the left.
Oh, well, now that clears things up. Why would the police stop somebody like that? Shouldn’t they give him a medal and throw a parade in his honor?
14 states (including Alaska, California, and New Jersey) already prohibit texting while driving, and recent federal legislation may well create a nationwide ban on texting while driving in the near future.
Is it Illegal to Drink and Text While Driving?
Let’s establish some basic points at the outset. First, don’t drink and drive -- ever. It’s illegal, it’s stupid, and frankly, it’s tacky. Not your sort of thing at all. Second, texting is no excuse for bad driving! In fact, 14 states (including Alaska, California, and New Jersey) already prohibit texting while driving, and recent federal legislation may well create a nationwide ban on texting while driving in the near future. And third, don’t drink and text while driving, not even to send nice messages to your girlfriend.