automobile can only be lawfully stopped by an officer if he/she has
a reason to believe that you are breaking the law (i.e. a tail light
out, running a stop sign, speeding or driving recklessly.)
- After a lawful stop, an officer can ask
you for identification and/or your license.
- If an officer asks you if you have been
drinking, if you have been, you are not required to and should not
- You may be asked to take a test at the
time and place you are stopped (i.e. stand on one foot, count backwards,
etc.) You are not required by law to perform such tests and should
refuse to do so.
- A breath and/or chemical test may be offered
to you by the officer at the scene or at the police station.
- You may refuse to take the test and should
refuse to do so if you have been drinking within the previous 48 hours.
- Do not attempt to judge your own level
of intoxication when deciding whether or not to take a breath test.
The average person is always wrong.
you are arrested, do not argue with the police officer.
- Do not talk to anyone at the scene or in the jail about your case.
- Ask the police officer to allow you to
call a friend to drive your car home or to make a call to another person
concerning your car. (Towing services that are called by the police
may damage your car and/or charge excessive fees.)
- Call a bonding company or a friend to bail
you out of jail immediately.
- Ask for a receipt for any property taken
- A police officer may tell you that refusal
to take the test will result in your license being suspended for 90
days. That may or may not be true, but is not a basis for
taking the test if you have been drinking or taking medicine within
- If you are injured, request your own doctor
and refuse to give a blood sample to police.
- Do not ride in an ambulance called by police if you are
able to go to your own doctor without help.
your release, immediately speak to a friend or any witnesses who can
testify as to your condition upon release from custody.
- Make a list of witnesses to be called later
if needed and record all you remember about the events that have occurred.
- If you feel that you were not legally intoxicated,
immediately go to a private doctor or clinic to obtain a blood alcohol
- Contact an experienced attorney as soon
Vick & Associates
Attorneys at Law
125 South Congress Street,
Jackson, MS 39201
(601) 355-5100 (800) 256-5179
Fax: (601) 355-2384
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