When a person is driving under the influence, they can get pulled over by law enforcement officers if the officer sees certain signs indicating that the driver is not in the clearest state of mind. If police officers note that a person is swerving, driving below the speed limit, weaving, pulling into another lane, driving without headlights, or failing to follow proper traffic rules they will generally pull a person over and ask them for the details.
Law enforcement officials will look for any signs to see if a person is intoxicated once they have complied and pulled over.
Signs that may indicate a person is under the influence include:
- Slurred speech
- The odor of alcohol
- Inappropriate attitude
Once an officer feels that a person may be intoxicated, they will conduct field sobriety tests including the one-leg stand and the finger-to-nose test. Though a person is not legally required to do the field sobriety tests if they deny it may be used against them to prove that they were DUI. It is important to note that field sobriety tests are different from breath a urine test. If a person is asked to do a breath or urine test, then they are required to say yes. When individuals operate a vehicle, they already give implied consent that any officer can request a breath or urine test to see if they are operating their vehicle while they are intoxicated. If a person refuses to give a breath or urine test, then they will automatically have their license suspended for a year, and if a person refuses multiple times the length of their suspension will only increase.
Officers can ask a person to give a blood test if they are at the hospital if they were involved in a very serious collision or if they voluntarily opt to give a blood test.
Anyone who is pulled over for a DUI should speak to a criminal defense lawyer at their earliest convenience so they are aware of what steps they should take to protect themselves from unfair legal penalties.
Facing arrest with a blood alcohol level below the legal limit in Largo, Florida
Individuals may be arrested even if their BAC is below the legal limit. This occurs if officers can see that a person is impaired by the way they are behaving. The penalties for DUI are not light and anyone who wishes to avoid getting seriously penalized should speak to an attorney who specializes in dealing with such cases.
Speak to a criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of Trevena Pontrello as soon as possible.
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