If you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) in Oregon, you may want to remember that certain myths you’ve heard in the past aren’t true. Some people may try certain tactics to avoid being arrested in the first place, but these strategies don’t work. To avoid your charges from becoming worse, remember the following tips.
You Can Avoid a Sobriety Test
You may think a police officer can force you to take a field sobriety test, but this isn’t true. According to Oregon law, this tactic is considered a search, and you don’t have to consent to a search under any circumstance. You have the right to refuse this test, and if an officer is still trying to make you take it, you can speak with a lawyer about the issue.
BAC Levels Can’t Be Lowered With Certain Items
If you attempt to drink water, eat food, or use breath spray to lower your blood alcohol concentration (BAC), this will fail. Your BAC measures the alcohol in your blood, unaffected by consuming food or water. Also, breath spray may actually contain a small amount of alcohol, and if an officer smells breath spray but notices your behavior, they may suspect you’re trying to dodge an arrest.
You Can Have a DUII and a Prescription
If you are taking a prescription from a doctor, you can still be charged with a DUII if you are taking your prescription improperly. You should avoid telling a police officer you’ve taken a prescription if you’ve been pulled over.
Pedemonte Law Can Defend You
Oregon law can be challenging to sift through, and having a DUII charge can be overwhelming. If you’ve been arrested for a DUII, we can put together a strong case and assist you. Contact Pedemonte Law today for more information.