Question: I was pulled over for a DUI in Woodland Hills (I think) and now have a DUI case in Van Nuys. When I was pulled over, did I have to answer the officer’s questions about drinking before I was arrested?

Answer: You do not have to answer the officers questions when pulled over for a DUI. Unless you are on probation, and it is a term of your probation, you do not have to do the field sobriety tests or submit to the initial Preliminary Alcohol Screening test. If you do not do a breath test at the station or blood test when asked by the officer, they can add a “refusal” enhancement to the charges.


Phil Hache
DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney
Handling DUI and Criminal matters throughout Courts in Southern California including Van Nuys, San Fernando, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Metro, Bellflower, Alhambra, Malibu, Compton, Inglewood and other Courts.
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