Every instance of drunk driving is different. However, there are a few things that are generally the same.
Here is some information that will likely apply to your drunk driving charges.
1. Police reports
The police report regarding your case will describe the arresting officer’s perspective of the situation. Most of the time, you will not be able to see this until the first day of your trial. That is because it is critical to the state’s case against you. However, it can also become essential support for your case if handled correctly.
2. Implied consent
Since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that about 32 people die every day in drunk driving crashes, every state has implemented implied consent laws requiring those arrested on suspicion of drunken driving to undergo testing. Breath and blood tests determine the amount of alcohol in your system. If you refuse this testing, you can receive consequences, such as fines and a suspended license.
When the officer arrested you, they took you to the police department. Before they release you, they will take your license and provide you with a temporary driving permit. That will be valid until the court decides if they need to provide you with a suspension or not.
The time it takes for the state to release you released can vary. Typically, you stay at the station until your friends or family bail you out or the judge dismisses you. That means getting arrested Friday evening can have you sitting in a cell until Monday if you are not bailed out.
As mentioned, each case is different. So, you will want to know how these factors apply to you. Research these to see how they will impact you if you decide to fight your charges.