Knowing what to expect when pulled over by the police will help prepare you for how to respond to questioning and any requests the officer makes. If you are pulled over for speeding the way you react is much different than if you get pulled over for speeding after having a few drinks. This is because if you are stopped for a traffic violation but the officer suspects you have been drinking, you will probably be asked to participate in a field sobriety test. Failure to successfully “pass” the test can result in being charged with DUI. These tests are not ones you can study or prepare for, but knowing what to expect if asked to take part in one is helpful.
DUI in Florida is defined as driving while your blood alcohol content is 0.08 or higher. The determination as to whether your BAC is over this limit is typically made by a breath test. But, there are other forms of DUI tests in use. The four most popular forms of DUI tests include:
- Standing on one leg.
- Being asked to walk a straight line.
- Touching your finger to your nose.
- Following an object with your eyes.
Unsatisfactory performance in any of these tests can result in a charge of DUI. The DUI allegation will not be solely based on how well you perform on these common DUI tests, but subpar performance usually results in a breath test. Fortunately results of these common DUI tests as well as breath tests are not always reliable. Skilled criminal defense attorneys know where to look for problems, and how to use those problems to your advantage. When the test result is invalid, the case should be dismissed or at least reduced to a lesser charge. Call our office today to find out what you can to do fight a DUI and get satisfactory results.
If you’ve been charged with DUI, call an experienced criminal defense attorney for help. Skilled criminal defense attorneys in Stuart and the Treasure Coast are here to help you reach workable solutions. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.