Tubing season is here. If after a day on the river you happen to be stopped at a DUI checkpoint, you will be asked for your driver's license and registration and may be questioned about whether you have had anything to drink. You are required to provide the documents, as you are whenever stopped by law enforcement, as well as your name and address. While the officer is looking over your documents, they're looking for certain signs of impairment which include:
- The smell of alcohol in the car
- Open containers of alcohol
- Slurred speech
- Appearing to fumble or have difficulty with your documents or other physical indications of intoxication
- Admitting to having been drinking alcohol
- Drug paraphernalia evident
Many arrests are the result of an individual admitting that they have been drinking. Exercise your right to remain silent or, better yet, make sure you have a designated driver. Have a safe summer!
The Law Office of Craig W. Penrod has been involved in criminal and DUI defense for more than 25 years. Craig is certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a Certified Criminal Law Specialist , is AV® rated, the highest rating by Martindale Hubbell®, is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers®, and has been selected for inclusion in Southwest Super Lawyers™ Editions 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Contact the lawyers at the Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod for a free initial legal consultation if you find yourself facing criminal or DUI charges.