How does a DUI arrest occur?
  • A traffic stop is initiated by an officer (due to probable cause, suspicion, erratic operation, or at a roadside safety check). 
  • The driver is observed by the officer and asked to produce a drivers license, vehicle registration and insurance card. 
  • If the officer suspects the driver is under the influence, the driver is asked to submit to field sobriety tests. 
  • If there is probable cause based on the field sobriety tests, the officer will arrest the driver for DUI. The offender is then transported to the police station for chemical testing of the breath, urine or blood. 
  • After chemical testing if the driver is determined not to be under the influence, the driver is released with any applicable citations. 
  • If the drivers chemical testing reveals a blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than 0.05 but less than 0.08%, then no Statutory Summary Suspension will apply. The DUI charge will remain until action is taken by the court. 
  • Statutory Summary Suspension will apply if the driver refuses or fails to complete testing. 
  • If the drivers BAC is shown to be 0.08% or more, or a trace of an illegal substance or drug or intoxicating compound is found, the driver will be notified of a Statutory Summary Suspension. 
  • A driver with a valid drivers license will be issued a receipt to allow driving for 45 days. 
  • The arrested offender will have to post bond and may be held until bond is posted. 
  • The arrested offender's vehicle may be impounded, towed or seized.

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