Frequently Asked Drunk Driving Questions

Question

How long will a DUI stay on my driving record?

Answer

A DUI can stay on your driving record indefinitely. Most people believe that a DUI conviction will automatically be removed from their driving record after a certain period of time. This is just not true.

Many states have laws in place that will remove a DUI from an individuals driving record after a certain number of years. While other states do not have such laws and a DUI conviction in one of these states can stay on a driving record indefinitely unless the DUI is expunged from the driving record.



Question

Can I be arrested for refusing to take the field sobriety tests when stopped for DUI?

Answer

No. If you are stopped on suspicion of DUI, you can and should refuse to take the field sobriety tests. Most people are unaware that the field sobriety tests are optional and not mandatory.

The officer that is going to administer the field sobriety tests is certainly not going to tell the accused that these tests are optional. The standardized field sobriety tests or (SFST) were designed to be failed. So why submit to a set of tests that were designed to be failed?

Question

What is the drivers license compact?

Answer

The Interstate Drivers License Compact is an agreement between the 45 participating states to inform each other of certain types of convictions such as DUI, DWI, DWAI and OVI. Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee and Wisconsin are not members of the Interstate Drivers License Compact and do not share information on drunk driving convictions with the other states.