If you are stopped while driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcoholic beverages in Massachusetts, it is important to remember a few things. First of all, before the police officer even approaches your vehicle, he or she has already made observations of your operation of the vehicle that will be used later to confirm or dispel an opinion for OUI.
For instance, whether or not the vehicle stayed within the marked lanes, whether you stopped when the officer signaled you to do so, and how you stop the vehicle are just a few of the things that the police are looking for before they approach the vehicle.
Similarly, upon approaching the vehicle, the officer will look to see how and if you are able to produce your license and registration, as well as what is going on in the interior the car. This is in addition to how you are able to exit the vehicle and walk to the side of the road.
The police will also make note of how you are able to balance and follow instructions on field sobriety tests, which they will offer in almost every OUI stop. Please note, however, that there are many factors outside of consuming alcohol why someone may be unable to perform field sobriety tests, and the refusal to perform such exercises is inadmissible in the Commonwealth’s case in chief at trial.
Finally, whether or not to take the breathalyzer test at the police station is a decision that should be arrived at with caution. Many factors will impact the results of a breathalyzer test, and as with field sobriety tests, a refusal to take the breathalyzer is inadmissible in the Commonwealth’s case in chief. As a result, if you find yourself facing an OUI charge, don’t get overwhelmed, contact an experienced OUI Lawyer today.