Medley, FL – There are a number of different layers to a DUI investigation. A person who is convicted is often confronted with several different types of evidence related to their driving pattern, the officer’s observations of their appearance and demeanor, and the results of chemical tests. However, defense attorneys know how to respond to these accusations and potentially undermine the effectiveness of certain types of evidence.
Police officers who have DUI certification training are instructed to look for certain issues while driving that may indicate the person behind the wheel is drunk. Some common problems that intoxicated drivers have while trying to control their vehicles are weaving within a lane or going back and forth in and out of lanes, going much too fast or slow based on the road conditions and traffic, and ignoring stop signs and red lights. Many intoxicated drivers also forget to activate their headlights when driving at night.
Making contact with the driver
When an officer makes contact with the driver, there are certain facts about their appearance, manner of speaking, and mood that indicate impairment. Intoxicated drivers often appear disheveled, smell of alcohol, have water or tears in their eyes, have trouble following instructions, appear tired or partially asleep, and have difficulty talking coherently and answering questions.
Three of these observations will generally be considered enough to start the DUI investigation.
Shortly after a person exits their vehicle, the officer will tell them to perform field sobriety tests. These are basic physical exercises that test coordination and balance, although some people have difficulty with them even when sober. If the suspect starts to stumble or has trouble walking, this can indicate high levels of intoxication.
Police in Florida are authorized to ask for a chemical test of breath, blood, or urine based on their specific concerns. Breath tests are given for the presence of alcohol, urine tests are normally only given to test for controlled substances, while blood tests are reserved for medical emergencies when the other two tests are not feasible. The results of the chemical test tend to be the strongest evidence of impairment for the state’s criminal case, as scientific evidence will be taken more seriously by most juries than the officer’s opinions and testimony about the suspect’s condition.
Help from a defense attorney
It is possible for a driver to get legal help after a DUI arrest in Medley and nearby parts of Florida. The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb is a firm that focuses on Florida’s drunk driving laws and helping local clients after an arrest.
Firm contact info:
2423 First Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901