Getting pulled over by the police is never a fun thing to experience. However, those who are under the influence of inhalants could face additional consequences for their actions. In a situation like this, it is important to know your rights. What happens during a traffic stop when an officer suspects someone is under the influence?
An Officer Will Look for Signs of Impairment
An officer will not assume that a driver is under the influence of inhalants prior to making contact with that driver. He or she will look for signs of impairment such as slurred speech, bloodshot eyes or trouble staying awake. If signs of impairment exist, an officer may ask a driver to step out of his or her vehicle and perform a field sobriety test.
Do You Have to Submit to a Field Sobriety Test?
You do not have to submit to such a test. However, that will generally be grounds to take a driver into custody. In addition, state law may mandate that your drivers license is automatically suspended for six months or more. Even if you fail a field sobriety test, that in itself is not enough to convict the driver on a driving under the influence charge.
A Blood Test May Be Conducted, Including Testing for Inhalants
In the event that a driver passes a field sobriety test, it doesn’t mean that the driver is out of the woods. An officer may still order a blood test to see if there are traces of inhalants in a driver’s blood. These test results could take hours or days to be returned to the jurisdiction where the driver was pulled over. Depending on how impaired the driver is, he or she may be taken to jail where he or she may be required to stay overnight.
Your Car Could Be Towed at Your Expense
In addition to possibly going to jail for the night, your car may be impounded. Typically, the driver will be required to pay to have the car released from an impound lot. In some cases, a third-party may be called to drive the car back to your home or another address where you may be able to pick it up once you have been released from police custody.
You May Be Required to See a Judge Before Being Released
Depending on an individual’s prior history, it may not be possible to leave jail until you have seen a judge. This could take several hours or it could take several days if you are taken into custody over the weekend or during a holiday. The judge will decide if you are allowed to post bail or bond.
Being pulled over while under the influence of inhalants is not something that you want to happen to you or a loved one. Therefore, it is important that everyone understands the consequences of driving while impaired. If you or a loved one needs help overcoming an addiction, it is better to do so before facing potentially life-altering consequences.