If you are driving too fast, too slow, or going the wrong way down a one way street it is likely you will be pulled over. These things are obvious, even to an untrained eye, that something is wrong with the driver. Depending on your driving pattern you might receive a speeding ticket, be charged with reckless driving, or cited for DUI. Any of these types of tickets can cause you a lot of hassle and headache, but a DUI can also cause you to lose your license. There are things you can do to keep your license or to obtain a provisional license, but it takes some work. Knowing what the police look for during a traffic stop that alert them to a possible DUI is also helpful, because it gives you the first glimpse into why you were given a DUI.
Ten things that are common characteristics of a DUI, as seen through the eyes of the arresting officer when you are initially pulled over are:
- Slurred speech.
- Bloodshot or blurry eyes.
- An inability to stand or walk a straight line.
- An inability to understand the officer’s questions, which can be shown by asking the officer to repeat the question several times and then giving an answer that, does not make sense.
- An odor of alcohol on your breath, or on your person.
- Open containers, visible to the officer, in your car.
- Being unable to tell the officer the day or correct time, or answer personal questions such as your name and address.
- Stumbling or falling when getting out of the car.
- Being argumentative or trying to engage the officer in a physical altercation.
- A red or flushed face.
Many DUI cases can be defended successfully, either by obtaining a dismissal of the charges or getting the charges reduced to something lesser than DUI. But you do have to take fast action so all of your rights are protected. Failing to act quickly can result in loss of your driving privileges and delay negotiations on your behalf. We understand how scary it can be to be charged with DUI, and can help put you at ease. Call our office as soon as possible for help.
If you have received a DUI, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for answers. Your first visit is a free consultation and we work with you to reach results that fit your needs.