Ever dreaded the thought of being arrested while driving? I’ll go through the few scenarios in which this hopefully won’t happen to you!
Obviously committing any crime in, while in the presence of a police officer will result in your immediate arrest. So assuming you’re not actively involved in some kind of serious criminal activity, there are probably three scenarios in which you could be arrested:
- Driving under the influence (duh!).
- Obstructing a police officer from performing his duty.
- Outstanding traffic fines.
So what does it take for you to be arrested for driving under the influence?
The legal alcohol limit is 0.05g/100ml. The amount that would put you over this limit obviously varies from person to person, but it’s not much. One glass of wine will more than likely put you over the limit. Basically if you have to drive – don’t drink anything, because legally you will more than likely be over the limit.
So if you’re drinking and driving and you either come across a road block, or are driving in a manner that arouses the suspicion of a nearby officer –you’ll probably find yourself breathing down the end of a breathalyzer.
- If you fail, obviously – arrested.
- If you refuse – arrested.
- If you pass, but you’ve been rude to the officer – arrested (probably.)
- If you pass, but the officer still suspects that you are over the limit – then they can request a urine or blood test and if you refuse – arrested.
The second scenario, in which you obstruct an officer from performing his duty – can include a wide variety of situations. Including, (but not always) the following:
- You don’t allow the officer to inspect and test your car, (ensuring that it complies with safety and functionality requirements).
- You don’t allow the officer to search you.
- And any other scenario in which the officer feels that his ability to perform his duty has been hindered. Basically, if you make a big enough nuisance of yourself when a police officer is questioning a friend or family member, you could quite possibly find yourself in a prison cell for a few hours.
Finding yourself in a situation whereby you are being arrested for an unpaid traffic fine, more than likely entails:
- Being stopped at a road block.
- Once stopped, the police officer discovers that you have an unpaid traffic fine.
- A fine for which the due date of payment has long passed.
- Which had subsequently resulted in a court summons.
- A summons for which you failed to appear.
In this scenario, your failure to pay the traffic fine or show up in court, resulted in a warrant for your arrest.
There are of course many other ways in which you could be arrested, it is very much up to the officer arresting you. There’s very little point in resisting, if you’re innocent you should be released fairly shortly.