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DUI Video Transcript

Hi this is Mitch Sexner, founder and managing attorney at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC. Since 1990, our experienced legal team has been helping clients get successful results.

We’d like you to be successful as well so today I’m going to answer a question we are often asked, “What do you do if you are pulled over for a DUI?”

Well the first thing the officer will normally ask of you is to step out of your vehicle and perform some tests. These are called field sobriety tests and they include such things as touching your nose with your eyes closed and walking a straight line. These tests are exceedingly difficult, even for a sober person to perform and the thing the officer will never tell you is that in Illinois there presently is no penalty whatsoever for refusing to take these tests. So for those reasons we generally recommend for you to refuse these tests.

The second thing the officer will normally ask of you is to blow into a portable breathalyzer machine. This is a small device intended to measure the alcohol in your system. Just like the field sobriety tests, there is no penalty associated with refusing to take the portable breathalyzer test so unless you believe that you are sober or have had very little to drink so that you’re going to blow under the legal limit we normally would also recommend you do not take the portable breathalyzer test.

The third thing the officer will normally ask of you is for you to submit to chemical testing. Whether at the police department or the hospital they will normally ask you to either blow into a large breathalyzer or to submit a blood sample or a urine sample. If either of these tests discloses the presence of drugs or alcohol in excess of the legal limit it will make it exceedingly difficult for your attorney to win at trial, especially for those who have ever had a DUI before, they should seriously consider not taking this test even though it may result in a longer suspension of your driver’s license.

This has been Mitch Sexner of Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC

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