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Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is a crime that is taken very seriously in Arizona. If you get convicted of a DUI, you can face penalties that have the power to change your life. One of the methods that law enforcement officers use to discourage drunk driving and screen for intoxicated drivers is sobriety checkpoints.
Driving while drunk or intoxicated is against the law in all 50 states. Most states have set a legal threshold determining when a driver is too drunk to drive. This threshold is in terms of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), or the amount of alcohol in a driver’s bloodstream.
A DUI arrest is a serious matter, and it’s important to know what to do if you find yourself in such a situation. Regardless of whether you’ve been drinking before driving, your conduct during a DUI arrest can influence your sentencing and legal options following the arrest.
Whether you are under the influence or not, a field sobriety test can be intimidating. Field sobriety tests are notorious for making drivers look silly. They are difficult to pass, even if a driver is completely sober. Standing on one leg, performing a walk and turn, and following a pen with your eyes are the three most common field sobriety tests.
In Arizona, if you are pulled over by a police officer who suspects that you may have been driving under the influence of alcohol that officer has different ways to determine in his or her judgment whether you have in fact been engaged in drunk driving.