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The police there are very vigilant and will proactively monitor the area - searching for alleged criminals.
If you are stopped by the St. Peters Police for an offense such as DWI or DUI, you will be thoroughly investigated.
If the police believe you violated the law, you will be charged with an offense and possibly arrested.
That is why 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 your car and ask for a driver's license and proof of insurance.
While doing this, the officer will be checking to see if there is an odor of intoxicating beverages or of possibly marijuana in the car.
If the officer smells alcohol, you can bet that you are going to be removed from 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 what are called 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 supposed to be done in a particular way, to make sure they are done 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 challenging, even when attempted completely sober.
If a person suffers from any physical ailments, they should mention that to the investigation officer, and rightly refuse to do the SFST.
Unlike refusing a breath test, there is no specific legal "punishment" for refusing the SFST.
After the officer arrests a person for DWI, they will ask the person to take a breath or blood test to determine their blood alcohol content (BAC).
If a person refuses this "test", they are supposed to receive a one year revocation of driving privileges.
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.
The laws surrounding DWI cases is quite complex, and involves both criminal and civil penalties.
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