What to Expect: drunk driving arrest

For many people, a drunk driving arrest is unfamiliar and overwhelming. With years of experience, the attorneys at Mays Law Office, LLC are very skilled in handling DUI defense. Contact the Madison drunk driving defense attorneys at Mays Law Office, LLC for a free initial consultation.

The first thing to expect when pulled over by an officer is a variety of field sobriety tests:

  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) or eye test
  • Walk and Turn / Heel to Toe
  • One Leg Stand
  • Finger to Nose
  • Alphabet Test
  • Preliminary Breath Test (PBT)

If arrested, you may be asked to submit to a breath test, blood or urine test at the police station or local hospital. These tests are performed with either a breath machine called an Intoximeter, or by means of a hypodermic needle.

  • If it is your second offense or greater for DUI/DWI/OWI (operating while intoxicated), you may be forced to submit to a blood test
  • If your test result is greater than .08, or .02 in a fourth or greater offense, you will also be issued a citation for operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration (PAC)
  • If you refuse any tests, you will receive a notice of intent to revoke, which notifies you that your driver’s license may be revoked if you fail to request a hearing within 10 days.

Following chemical testing, you will either be released to a responsible party or taken to jail.

  • If you have received a citation for driving under the influence, and submitted to a chemical test, the result of which indicated a prohibited alcohol concentration of .08 or greater, or .02 in a fourth or greater offense, you will also receive a Notice of Intent to Suspend Operating Privileges. This is separate from the DUI charge. As the Notice of Intent informs you, if you do not request a review hearing with the Department of Transportation within 10 days, (13 days if the notice is mailed to you) your drivers license will automatically be suspended for six (6) months.
  • Hiring a skilled DUI defense attorney is very important to successfully defend against a DUI charge in court and at an administrative suspension review hearing. Mays Law Office, LLC has years of experience and is very knowledgeable in handling DUI cases. Contact the Madison DUI lawyers at the firm to discuss your options and defense.

Attorney Stephen E. Mays practices in all areas of criminal and traffic defense throughout the entire State of Wisconsin. If you have been charged with a traffic violation or criminal conduct, call Mays Law Office- Click toll-free: 608-535-4719 attorney Stephen E. Mays today for a free case review.