Drunk Driving Litigation in Grand Rapids MI - West Michigan Defense Team

What should I do if I got caught drunk driving?

You’re on your way back from the bar, you have had a few drinks and you aren’t paying attention to your speed. Suddenly, you see flashing lights in your rear view mirror and your heart starts thumping in your chest like a jackhammer. What should you do? The first thing you need to do is pull over to the side of the road and the next thing you need to do is cooperate with the officer. In all likelihood the officer is going to ask you if you have been drinking, especially if it is late at night. Do you answer the question honestly? If you have had enough to drink that an officer could smell it on your breath the smart thing to do is to admit that you had been drinking. This will likely lead to further investigation with the officer requesting that you step out of your car and perform some standard filed sobriety tests (SFT’s).

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It is hard for them to force you to do the tests, but typically a person will cooperate and perform the tests. The tests are used to determine if there is a basis for them to arrest you for suspected drunk driving. If you perform well on the tests they may send you on your way or they may request that you submit to a PBT (preliminary breath test). The PBT is a hand held device that can determine your BAC (blood alcohol content) but is not admissible in court.