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Several factors affect a drunk driving arrest

Seeing the flashing lights of a police car behind you is a troubling experience, especially if you know that you have had a little to drink. You might start to think about the field sobriety test and breath test that you might have to take if the officer thinks that you are drunk. If you think having to take them is scary, consider this -- even if you pass the breath test, you might still face DUI charges.

When you are pulled over for the suspicion of drunk driving, chances are good that the officer saw you doing something that led him or her to believe that you were driving drunk. The National Highway Traffic Administration has a list of 20 behaviors that indicate possible drunk driving. If the officer saw you doing any of those 20 things, he or she might pull you over.

Once you are pulled over, there are several things that can become evidence in your case. One of these is what you say. That means that whatever answer you give when you are asked if you have been drinking becomes evidence. With that in mind, you might opt to politely refuse to answer the questions.

Another factor that can come into the picture is any dashcam footage that might be available. In some cases, the officer might file DUI charges against you based on what he or she saw and some other factors.

If you are facing drunk driving charges, these factors plus the breath test or field sobriety test can become important points in your case. You should know how to use this information in your case if they are indicating that you weren't intoxicated but still face charges.

Source: FindLaw, "Passed a Breathalyzer Test? It Won't Always Get You Out of a DUI," accessed Feb. 19, 2016

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