Carousing around Tallahassee may lead to trouble if you find yourself pulled over by the police. Law enforcement officers make it a point to keep an eye out for drivers they believe are driving while under the influence of alcohol.
A stop by the police may feel intimidating, especially if you have any alcohol in your system. If you have never had this experience, understanding some key points about what police can and cannot do may help you get through it. Discover what you can expect at a DUI stop.
Stopped for another infraction
A DUI stop does not begin under these pretenses. A police officer cannot stop you on suspicion of driving under the influence alone. The officer has to observe you committing another traffic infraction before he or she hits the lights. When you do get pulled over and an officer approaches, the officer must tell you why he or she stopped you. If the reasoning has to do with driving under the influence, regardless of the results of the stop, it may wind up invalid.
Taking a breathalyzer test
When you first got your Florida license, whether you remember it or not, you agreed to submit to taking a breathalyzer or blood test at the request of law enforcement or the court. Florida law defines this as implied consent. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Therefore, if you do not follow the rules of the road, especially when it comes to drinking while impaired, you must submit to testing if the request is reasonable. A failure to do so may result in the police seizing your license on the spot, and you may still end up arrested on suspicion of a DUI.
A DUI stop may also include field sobriety testing, which helps officers decide if you have any level of impairment that makes you a danger on the road. If an officer finds that you have a certain level of inaptitude, you may face arrest.
Any police stop may seem scary, especially when it ends in arrest. You may want to seek assistance from an attorney to help better guide you through the process.