Being pulled over for a DUI can be very scary. You may worry that you will get your license taken away, a criminal charge and so much more. However, once you are pulled over, the damage is done and you need to comply with the officer and do what you can to protect yourself. Here are some things you should know about a DUI.
1. If You Have A Child In The Car With You, You Could Face Additional Charges
If you are driving with a child in the car and are pulled over for a DUI you could face additional charges. It is bad enough to be endangering yourself and those around you in other cars, but if there is a child in the car you put them in serious danger. Thus, you could get a child endangerment charge and this charge could affect your ability to have custody over your child, could get your license taken away, and so forth. Thus, if you even had a small drink and your children are with you, you should never drive. Get a cab, call for a ride, but don't you drive.
2. Don't Refuse To Take A Breathalyzer Test
There is a good chance that if you are pulled over you will be asked to breathe into the breathalyzer test. If you have been drinking it may feel like a good idea to avoid taking the test. However, what many people don't know if that there are additional penalties for refusing the test in some states. Even if you are sober, you could face penalties if you don't take the breathalyzer test, so it is just better to take the test, and then let your attorney help you know what to do with the results.
3. Even If You Have A Medical Marijuana Card or a Prescription For The Drug You Shouldn't Drive
Lastly, don't think that just because you have a prescription for a controlled substance that you can drive with it. If you are under the influence of any kind of substance that can impair your driving you shouldn't drive at all. If you are pulled over for impaired driving, it will not matter that you have a prescription. You could lose your license just as if you would if it were alcohol or something else that is legal to consumer.
By understanding these things you can protect yourself from a DUI charge.