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How the police determine if you are driving drunk

In the state of Louisiana, it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol. It is called DUI, or driving under the influence. You cannot, by law, operate a car, truck, motorcycle or commercial vehicle if you have the following symptoms:

--The effects of driving under the influence of alcohol

--If you are driving at a blood alcohol level greater than .08 percent

There is a field sobriety test that the authorities can administer if they have reason to believe you are driving impaired. These usually involve a police officer asking you to perform any number of tests and tasks to assess your level of impairment. Some of these include walking a straight line going heel to toe, repeating or reciting the alphabet backwards, or even using the horizontal gaze nystagmus test which means you will have to follow his or her pen with your eyes only.

You may be asked to sign a consent form to determine by chemical test for intoxication. These tests can be conducted during the traffic stop by utilizing the Breathalyzer test that measures a driver's blood alcohol concentration or BAC. If it becomes a problem this test can be administered at the hospital and will include a blood test and a urine test. The one hitch is that the test has to be administered within two hours of you being stopped.

If you are given the test more than two hours afterward, it can be challenged in court. At Steve LeBlanc, Ltd., we have more than thirty years of experience representing those accused of this crime of driving under the influence or drunk driving. You can refuse the test, but it may not behoove you to do this. First of all, you need to be cooperative and ask for an attorney right away. The onus is then on the authorities to provide you your legal rights. They can force you to have a blood test and a urine test.

Being able to depend on someone who knows the laws of the state of Louisiana as it pertains to drunk driving can be a real boon to your case. We have extensive experience in the court room when it comes to criminal defense and are not afraid to call on this experience to defend you and your rights under the law.

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