– from Helen G. in Newburg, WI
I was out with friends earlier in the evening for a couple of drinks and dinner. I only had drinks at the bar before dinner; I didn’t have anything during or after the dinner. I was far from drunk and by my guess, had stopped drinking about two hours before being stopped. I blew a 0.06 for the officer at the checkpoint. It seemed like I was passing all of the other sobriety tests as well. They still arrested me claiming I was under the influence. What should I do to get out of this?
Criminal Defense Attorney Response:
Let me do my best to help you out. While it is true, you were below the legal limit, officers still have grounds to make an arrest if they feel you are still impaired. Alcohol affects everybody differently and 0.06 might be enough to make some people show signs of being impaired. The truth is, you’re only truly off the hook when you blow 0.00.
I would advise that you speak to a criminal defense attorney and explain your situation. They’ll have the experience to know what questions to ask and the best standpoint to take. It’s possible they’ll have a video of the arrest and that may show how impaired you actually were. Without seeing the arrest report, it’s hard to give a further response. But give us a call and we can help you out of this unfortunate situation. “
Jeff Hughes, J.D.