Most people arrested for a DUI do not wake up the next morning to see their dashcam video all over the news. However, if you are Tiger Woods that is exactly what happens. The championship golfer was arrested last weekend in Florida. Some of the dashcam footage, released by the Florida Jupiter Police Department, shows Mr. Woods standing on the side of the road with two police officers beside him.
One clip shows the officers asking him if he had anything to drink or if he took any medication. Another clip, an officer is waving a light in front of Mr. Woods face and asking him to follow the light. Later, the officer asks him to put his hand behind his back and arrests him. It was reported that he took a breathalyzer test and blew a 0.000.
Since this incident was so widely reported, LauraLaw thought this is a good time to review DUI law. Keep in mind that it is never a good idea to drink and drive – call a friend, take public transportation, or call a taxi/rideshare. However, if you do find yourself in this situation, here are a few things to remember:
1. Carefully and safely pull over to the side of the road. Many people get alarmed when they realize they are about to be pulled over, but don’t panic.
2. You can refuse to take a Field Sobriety Test. If you are asked to take a Field Sobriety Test, you can clearly state that you do not wish to do so.
3. You can refuse to take a breathalyzer. If you are asked to take a breath test, you can clearly state that you do not wish to do so.
4. If you are arrested and charged with a DUI, do not wait to seek out legal representation. Changes in Illinois law led to stricter penalties and punishments for driving under the influence. You may be at risk of suspension, or in some cases, revocation of your driver’s license.
Be safe out on the road, and if you do find yourself in this situation, contact LauraLaw to discuss your legal needs.