When a law enforcement officer pulls a person over for a possible DUI (driving under the influence) they will be watching that person closely. Specifically, the officer will be observing that person’s behavior and physical actions to determine if that person is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Here are some common signs a trained officer will look for when they first pull someone over for a possible DUI.
- Difficulty rolling down the window or difficulty exiting the vehicle
- A red colored or flushed face
- Bloodshot, watery, red, or glossy eyes
- Clothing soiled or out of sorts
- An odor of alcohol comes from the car or from the person’s breath
- Slurred speech
- Has a difficult time finding a driver’s license or proof of insurance
- Attempts to hide something in car while an officer approaches
- Cannot answer questions in a timely manner
- Has an inappropriate response to questions
- Lack of knowledge of time or current whereabouts
- Does not or cannot follow directions
- Uses their vehicle for support while standing
- Sways back and forth while standing
- Cannot walk straight or keep balance when walking
- Angry, aggressive or inappropriate attitude
Typically, if a law enforcement officer observes some of these signs, they will continue to investigate that individual for DUI by asking them to take the DUI field sobriety tests. The field sobriety tests are voluntary tests, and the attorneys at David O Defense always advise NOT to take the field tests. The test are difficult and if a person decides to try the tests, they will fail. Even a sober athletic person would have some difficulty passing the tests.
An officer will also ask the individual to blow into a portable breath test to get a reading on their blood alcohol concentration (BAC). This is also a voluntary test. The DUI defense attorneys at David O Defense always advise NOT to take this test as well.
When under investigation for a possible DUI, a person should politely tell the officer that they want to contact their DUI attorney immediately. An experienced DUI attorney will be able to provide guidance through the situation.
If you don’t have a DUI attorney’s phone number programed in your phone, make sure you put David O Defense in your contacts, 206-459-6392. The attorneys at David O Defense are experienced DUI lawyers and are available if you ever need help!