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The Manchester Police Department is responsible for patrolling their city, in search of alleged law violators.
If the police arrest you for an alleged offense, you will be required to appear in court on a later date.
You need an attorney on your side who has experience handling matters such as yours, and who will fight for you in court.
If you are stopped in a vehicle, the officer will approach you and ask for a driver's license and proof of insurance.
While doing this, the officer will be checking to see if they smell alcohol, or if there is the scent of weed in the vehicle.
If the officer smells alcohol, most likely you will be asked to step out of the vehicle for further investigation.
You will be asked if you have consumed any alcohol, and if yes, how much and when consumed.
The next step for the officer will be request that you perform standardized field sobriety tests (SFST).
These are physical, performance "tests" that will supposedly help the officer determine if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The SFST are to be done in a particular way, to make sure they are performed in uniform and correct manner.
The proper procedures for the police to follow while administering SFSTs are set out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
One test is called the one-legged stand, another is the walk-and-turn test.
Both of these tests can be quite difficult to pass, even when attempted completely sober.
If a person suffers from any physical ailments, they should mention that to the investigating officer, and rightly refuse to do the SFST.
After the officer arrests a driver for DWI or DUI, they will request that the driver take a breath or blood test to determine their blood alcohol content (BAC), or if they have drugs in their system.
If a person refuses this "test", they are to receive a one year revocation of driving privileges. There is no criminal punishment for refusing a breath test in Missouri. Some other states do criminalize refusing breath/blood tests.
This revocation of driving privileges can be challenged in state court by filing what is called a Petition for Review - which must be filed within 30 days of the alleged refusal.
The 30 days generally starts the day after the arrest, or more specifically, after notice was given to you by the officer or DOR stating that you refused the test and your license will be revoked for one year.