On October 2007 I was arrested on suspicion of DUI while on my way to Yosemite, CA jail to pick my wife up after having herself been arrested for DUI about 4-5 hours previously. After much harassment, I was coerced into submitting to a field sobriety test after which I was told I could pick up my wife only if I submitted to a breathalyzer test if "the numbers were right." I was also told that if I did not submit voluntarily, there was enough evidence to warrant my arrest. I asked questions for clarification, and before I had a chance to reply, I was arrested, and taken to jail after submitting to a mandatory blood test which subsequently showed by blood alcohol level to have been 0.0%.
Since then, my DUI charges have been dropped, but the National Park Service continues to prosecute for a traffic violation such as running a stop sign or similar offense.
Any arrest on my record can have seriously negative repercussions in my career whether justified or otherwise.
Am I entitled to sue for false arrest DUI OVI, civil rights violations, false imprisonment, due process violation, etc? What rights were violated during the DUI stop? Can I initiate a civil case while the criminal case is ongoing? Is it possible to get the arrest off my record?
Thank you for your attention and advice.
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