It is easy to feel completely trapped and without options when you fail a Breathalyzer test and receive DUI charges. In films and television, Breathalyzers often seem like infallible devices that produce reliable results each and every time an officer administers a test with one. However, these devices do have some weaknesses, and in certain circumstances, you may have grounds to challenge Breathalyzer results and possibly see the charges against you dismissed.
Many drivers do not realize that a police officer may use a number of different methods to determine the level of impairment of a particular driver during a traffic stop. While a great deal of attention goes toward chemical testing at the scene, an officer may use several different methods to establish if a driver is impaired.
Drinking and driving under any circumstances is never wise, even if you believe that you are under the legal limit. In Mississippi, drunk driving charges can carry significant legal penalties and trigger consequences that may last for years to come. However, this does not mean you should simply accept DUI charges. Like any criminal charge, it is always wise to fight the charges and push for dismissal. If convicted, you may lose your license, face a hefty fine and in some cases, serve jail time.
You always thought drunk driving charges happened to other people, but now you're the one sitting in your car while the blue lights flash behind you. When the officer approaches the window, he or she may ask you a number of questions. Are you sure you know how to respond?
Possibly because of particularly misleading movies and television shows, many drivers inaccurately believe that the only factor that matters in a drunk driving charge is how much alcohol the officer can prove is in the accused person's blood at the time. However, this is not always the case. While blood alcohol levels are certainly a key factor, other things may contribute to a DUI charge.
No matter what kind of drunk driving charges you are facing, it is always wise to fight them. These charges can carry hefty fines and heavy legal and social consequences that may follow you for years. Even in the event of very serious charges, you may have more options that you think to defend yourself, but you must take swift, decisive action as soon as you can.
There tends to be a lot of misunderstanding about what happens when a person refuses a breath test after a DUI arrest in Mississippi. Make no mistake: Mississippi's "implied consent" law means that your license could be suspended for at least 90 days and up to a year if you refuse a Breathalyzer test.
A number of media reports have highlighted the trend of accidents involving drugged drivers. This may prompt law enforcement to seek out more of these drivers to take them off the road. However, many portable testing kits may not accurately determine if a driver is driving while impaired by THC (the psychotropic element of marijuana).