Every time a law enforcement officer pulls a driver over they will be closely watching that individual for any physical or behavior signs that may indicate DUI (driving under the influence) of alcohol and/or drugs. Police officers are trained to look for these specific DUI physical and behavioral signs and will note these observed signs in their police report.
Here are the DUI physical and behavioral signs law enforcement officers look for prior to a DUI arrest:
- Odor of alcohol and/or drugs coming from the vehicle.
- Odor of alcohol and/or drugs coming from the driver’s breath.
- Alcohol container or drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.
- A flushed or red face.
- Eyes that are watery, bloodshot, and/or glassy.
- A messy appearance, soiled clothes, and/or messy hair.
- Muffled or slurred speech.
- Inability to understand the officer’s questions.
- Inability to answer the officer’s questions.
- An inappropriate attitude with the officer (aggressiveness, irritability, sobbing, and/or crying)
- Difficulty retrieving their wallet, driver’s license, and/or car insurance.
- Difficulty getting out of their vehicle.
- Lack of balance and coordination.
- Swaying while standing still.
- Using their vehicle for support.
- Inability to follow directions.
- No knowledge of time, day, or current location.
If the officer observes some of these DUI physical and behavioral signs they will likely ask the driver to perform DUI field sobriety tests and to blow into the portable breathalyzer. Both tests are voluntary, meaning the driver can choose to take the test or choose not to take the tests. The attorneys at David O Defense always recommend REFUSING to take the DUI field sobriety tests or the portable breath test. Learn more about refusing to take the field sobriety tests by reading our previous blog, “Will I Get in Trouble if I Refuse to Take the DUI Field Sobriety Tests?”
If pulled over by a law enforcement officer and they suspect you are driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, ask to speak with your attorney immediately. Give the attorneys at David O Defense a call, 206-459-6392.