Now that the largest winter storm in decades is being us, many of you will be venturing out to restaurants and bars over the upcoming week to get out of the house. If you find yourself driving a car after consuming alcohol, remember that the police are out looking for impaired operators. As a result, here are a few things to keep in mind from a DUI Attorney.
First of all, the police may stop a motor vehicle for any civil motor vehicle infraction. Civil motor vehicle infractions include speeding and going over the marked lines, just to name two. What is important to note in any such stop is that the police are looking for a number of things in addition to what is listed on the citation.
For instance, the police will look to see if the driver pulls over right away when the cruiser lights go on, as well as, if the vehicle parks on the side of the road, without any portions of the vehicle sticking out in the road.
Additionally, the police will look for the operator’s ability to find and produce his/her license and registration without dropping or having difficulty handling the items. The police will also look to see if the driver has bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, or an odor of alcoholic beverages on the breath.
Similarly, if the police believe based on these observations that the driver has a reduced alertness and judgment based on the consumption of alcohol, the police will typically ask the driver to exit and perform field sobriety tests. Upon exiting, the police are looking to see if the operator has any difficulty opening the door, exiting, and walking on the side of the road.
As a result, without even considering field sobriety tests or the breathalyzer test, the police are looking at a myriad of factors to determine whether they believe someone is impaired. Consequently, if you or someone you know is charged with DUI, contact a DUI Attorney who will challenge the Commonwealth.