DUI stands for driving under the influence of alcohol. However, it does not solely include driving under the influence of alcohol – illegal substances such as drugs may also intoxicate a person and have a huge influence on his driving. DUI and drunk driving is not necessarily the same thing.
With that said, due to a significant rise in DUI accidents all over the nation, it is only natural that the law enforcement authorities tend to do their best in order to apprehend and punish offenders. So how does it work? It is fairly simple – if a person was pulled over at a DUI checkpoint, because law enforcement officers had reasons to believe that he or she was driving under the influence, that person will be asked to submit him or herself to field sobriety tests. However, this may not be enough, so the individual may be asked to go through a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) test. If test results will demonstrate that the individual’s BAC equals or surpasses .08, police officers will have every right to apprehend him or her. Furthermore, if we are talking about a minor, if law enforcement officers have any reason to believe that he or she is driving under the influence, there is no need for the test – the minor is going to be apprehended right there and then.
Still, at times, test results are inaccurate and innocent people are suffering consequences. Therefore, if you disagree with those test results or believe that police officers made a mistake, it is best to get in touch with a qualified and experienced Sacramento DUI attorney at the earliest opportunity in order to make thing right. A skillful Sacramento DUI lawyer will have what it takes to help you out in a situation like this.