Refuse roadside tests
Even if you are suspected of a Florida DUI, you are under no obligation to perform a roadside sobriety test. This can only provide the officer with incriminating evidence against you. Not only can roadside tests be inaccurate, but they leave the determination of sobriety entirely in the hands of the officer. Therefore, refuse to take any roadside tests, including a hand-held breathalyzer test.
Instead, take a chemical test at the police station
While you are not obligated to perform roadside tests to determine a Florida DUI, you are obligated to take a chemical test at the police station. For this you can choose between a breath test or a blood test. Both tests have pros and cons. Under Florida law you are allowed to request an independent blood test, which can be beneficial if you are 100% sure your blood alcohol content (BAC) is below the legal limit of .08.
Makes notes of everything that occurred on the night of your arrest
Make notes about the events that lead to your Florida DUI. This will help your Miami DUI defense attorney build a defense around your DUI charges. If you can, write down:
- Where you were, and what you were doing before you drove your vehicle;
- How much you had to drink (if anything);
- The officer’s demeanor, and how he treated you;
- What was said between you and the officer;
- Whether you were read your Miranda rights, and when; and
- When you took the chemical test, i.e. how much time elapsed between when you had your last drink and you submitted to the test.
Finally, once you’ve written down all you can remember about your Florida DUI, immediately contact a Miami DUI defense attorney. An attorney will investigate your case and help you fight your Florida DUI charges.
Contacting a Miami DUI Defense Attorney
If you are facing DUI charges in South Florida, your legal team is your best defense. Contact a Miami DUI defense attorney at Falk & Ross to discuss your case – 877-663-5110.