A sure-fire way to get arrested on suspicion of DWI is for you to be caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) equal to or more than 0.08. Before you are taken in for this crime, you’re likely to undergo a series of procedures or “sobriety tests” administered to you by the arresting officer.
The First Step
When you are suspected of driving while impaired, the officer may require you to show your vehicle registration and driver’s license. In addition, it might be necessary for you to step out of your vehicle.
The officer is likely to ask you to submit to a series of tests, such as walking a straight line or following the tip of a pen as he moves it left to right and observes how your eyes react as the pen moves to your peripheral vision.
If the officer believes that you are under the influence of alcohol, it is likely that you will be asked to take preliminary breath test using a portable BAC testing device. Refusing this portable test will not suspend your driver’s license though refusing the breath test downtown will suspend your privilege to drive for a year in North Carolina.
What Happens If You Don’t Pass the Test?
Should you choose to blow into a BAC testing device and the initial test results show that you have an alcohol level of 0.08 or more, and you are subsequently arrested for DWI, then a revocation of your driver’s license for at least 30 days will apply. If you’re charged with DWI, it is essential for you to find an experienced DWI lawyer who can help you with you case so you receive the best possible outcome.