Preliminary Alcohol Screening in Brea
A preliminary alcohol screening test (PAS) is a test requested at a DUI stop by a law enforcement officer of a person suspected to be driving while intoxicated with alcohol. The PAS test is used to measure a person's blood alcohol concentration and therefore determine whether an arrest should be made. The test is usually a breath test.Procedures for PAS Breath Test
In the city of Brea, if a law enforcement officer suspects that you are driving under the influence of alcohol, they will start a DUI investigation. As part of the investigation, you may be asked to take the PAS test.
This PAS test is optional unless:
- You are under the age of 21 or
- You are on probation for a previous DUI offense.
By law, the law enforcement officer is therefore meant to let you know that the PAS test is optional if you are over 21 years old or don’t have a prior DUI offense.What to Do When Asked for a PAS Test?
Since the results of the PAS can get you arrested, it is generally advised that you decline taking the PAS test. If you feel that the situation that you are in is about to escalate into a DUI arrest, it is also advisable for you to immediately call a DUI attorney to help you navigate the legal process that you may face.
Having a competent DUI lawyer on your side can help you avoid charges in the first place or to at least mitigate the punishment if you are charged and convicted of a DUI.
Call the Johnson Criminal Law Group today to help us get started defending your case.