In 2015, there were 10,265 deaths as a result of alcohol-impaired crashes in the United States. While those deaths are sad and probably preventable, the result of so many occurring means that the police are hard on people when they believe alcohol is involved in a crash.
Alcohol isn’t always involved in a collision, though, and it can be very hard to prove that you were not intoxicated if you were showing signs of recklessness or confusion. There are many different medical emergencies that could make you appear drunk, and there are even conditions that actually make you drunk despite never having a drink.
As someone accused of drunk driving, you have a right to refuse a blood test without a warrant. This is an invasive procedure, so it is not covered under implied consent. Officers are able to take a breath sample under implied consent laws, but if they request blood, you should ask that they get a warrant first.
Your actions don’t always tell the full story. Collisions caused by alleged recklessness could be a result of your brakes failing or being unfamiliar with a different type of vehicle. The alcohol that sets off a breathalyzer could be from mouthwash or because you burped during the test and created a false positive.
There are many different reasons for someone to be accused of a DUI, but there are just as many reasons for someone to be innocent. Your attorney can help you fight charges, so you don’t lose your license or your liberties. Our website has more information.