It is often hard to understand how complex a DUI arrest can get, and most drivers aren’t sure how it feels to be above the legal limit. Many clients wonder why they were pulled over, why officers suspected impairment, and how they failed sobriety tests. Behind the mysticism, there are some common beliefs that cause clients to make serious mistakes. Below are several things police may not tell those accused of driving under the influence.
Traffic Stops Can Turn Into DUI Investigations Quickly
No matter what some believe, police officers aren’t mind readers. Therefore, when they make a traffic stop, it’s not because of a driver’s telling actions. Most DUI police reports reference normal traffic offenses as the reason for the initial stop because Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys would be able to challenge most other DUI enforcement reasoning.
It’s Almost Impossible to Pass Field Sobriety Tests
It’s a common sight on TV and in movies: an officer gauges a driver’s sobriety by asking them to stand on one leg or follow a pen through the air. However, most people don’t know the criteria by which they’re being judged, and they only have the officer’s reactions to go on. Police reports are almost always drastically different from these reactions, and most of those differences don’t work in the client’s favor.
Medicines Affect Results
Questions about medicines seem innocent enough, but they may spell disaster in some cases. While there are many legitimate reasons to take prescriptions, use of other medicines can be harder to justify. When certain medications are used with alcohol, a person’s ability to operate a vehicle is compromised, and sometimes impairment comes with medicine alone. Therefore, what a driver says will determine whether the officer believes they’re impaired by alcohol, drugs, or both.
Officers Won’t Make Recommendations on Blood vs. Breath Testing
In some cases, it’s better to do blood testing; in others, the breath test is more appropriate. Officers aren’t obligated to tell drivers which test would work more favorably at a certain moment. By the time lawyers meet with clients, they usually know whether they’ve made a wise choice. Even when clients make the wrong decision, lawyers can still make a difference.
Police everywhere are stepping up DUI enforcement, and it pays to know which mistakes to avoid. For more information, call a local criminal defense attorney today.