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In the game of DUI blackjack, the dealer is the police officer. Unlike playing in a real casino, you can actually control what cards the dealer has. If you have been pulled over for suspected DUI, the dealer may have one of the following cards in their hand:

  • The Ace of Spades: Chemical Tests
    • If you allow the police to administer chemical tests to check your BAC, you will be providing them with evidence to use against you. Politely choose to refuse – there will be a license suspension, but it can be appealed and you can get privileges. Without these tests, everything else is subjective.
  • The Jack of Clubs: Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
    • These tests are highly subjective and are designed to incriminate you. Don’t give the dealer this card – choose to refuse!

Without these two cards, the dealer can’t have blackjack. However, the dealer may have more cards to play against you. These are:

  • The 7 of Hearts: Observational Evidence
    • This can include slurred speech, slow reaction time, or watery or bloodshot eyes. Many people may exhibit these common symptoms even if they are not under the influence of alcohol, so this is not a scientifically accurate way to test for DUI.
  • The 3 of Diamonds: Alleged Bad Driving
    • Driving without using a turn signal, speeding, or even drifting slightly into another lane can all be seen as bad driving by law enforcement. However, this does not mean that your driving was affected by alcohol. People drive poorly every day that are not under the influence!


When the dealer is holding these two cards in his hand, the last thing you want to do is hand them a wild card. If you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, make sure you do the following to avoid handing the police a wild card:

  • Hand the officer your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance when they ask
  • If asked, exit the vehicle without resisting
  • If you are arrested, do not resist!

Don’t let the Po Po beat you at blackjack. No matter what cards they are holding, you still have the advantage as long as you play your cards right. Remember that you control what cards you give the dealer, so make sure not to give them any evidence that may incriminate you. Exercise your right to remain silent and contact The Law Offices of Steven R. Adams, LLC as soon as possible.

If you or a loved one are facing DUI or OVI charges in Ohio, contact us today at (513) 285-9020 for a FREE consultation.

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Steven R. Adams
Steven R. Adams was a criminal defense lawyer dedicated to DUI, OVI, and criminal defense in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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