There is not a set driving pattern that will cause you to be pulled over and charged with DUI. But there are several types of driving habits that lead the police to believe the person behind the wheel has been drinking. Knowing what the authorities look for will help you to better understand how the DUI process works, and will also help you to gather the facts required for an effective defense if you are charged with DUI. The best way to avoid getting a ticket for DUI is to not drink and drive, or to call a cab or other safe ride home when you have been out drinking. But if you are charged with DUI, call us for help. We will fight to maintain your right to drive, and to minimize the impact a DUI can have on your life.
A DUI in Florida is a serious matter and is both a criminal and an administrative matter. Because a DUI is two part case, it is beneficial to know some signs of drunk driving. Five ways to get pulled over and charged with DUI are:
- Weave in and out of traffic, or drive too fast or slow.
- Run a red light or fail to stop at a stop sign, or to yield when required to do so.
- Drive in the dark, meaning forget to turn on your headlights at night.
- Go the wrong way on a one way street.
- Make an abrupt lane change or change lanes too often.
These driving behaviors appear erratic to other drivers and also to the police. If you are spotted driving in any of these ways you are likely to be pulled over and questioned about your actions just prior to getting behind the wheel. If you have been drinking excessively and there is an odor of alcohol coming from your car, you will likely be asked to step out of the car and submit to a breath test. Being asked to participate in a field sobriety or breath test is also a strong possibility if your eyes appear glassy or your speech slurred. If this happens to you it can seem devastating, but keep in mind there are defenses available. You can attack the validity of the test result and if there are other reasons why your result showed your BAC to be over the legal limit it is critical you make those reasons known and a part of your defense. You can also challenge the administration of the test by claiming it was not given properly, or was not given by a properly trained official. The type of defense you pick depends on the specific facts of your case, and we stand ready to review those facts and develop a strategy that works. Let us help you’re your case today. Follow us on social media or call our office to speak with one our DUI defense attorneys.
If you have questions about DUI defense, call a competent criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for help. Call us to schedule an appointment.