DUI - Contact with the Officer

In Florida you can be convicted of Driving Under the Influence if the State can prove you were driving while your normal faculties were impaired or that you were driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .08% or above. Your Florida DUI investigation most likely began with the officer observing certain abnormal driving behavior, thought by him to be caused by impairment. Abnormal driving can be classified as swerving, driving too slow, driving too fast, driving over a curb, or weaving in and out of a lane, amongst others. Officers are trained to be on the lookout for driving behaviors such as these and will use these observations to detain you. It is also possible the officer noticed that you unknowingly committed a traffic infraction, or that you had malfunctioning equipment on your vehicle. Depending on the situation, these can be used as reasons for the officer to pull you over and make contact for closer investigation. Upon making contact with you, the officer will be looking for certain “signs” of impairment. Namely those signs of impairment will be: bloodshot watery eyes, flushed face, odor of alcohol, lack of motor skills, and slurred speech to name a few in a nonexclusive list. If the officer confirms his suspicion that you are impaired, he will then request you to step out of the vehicle for the notorious Field Sobriety Exercises that we’ve all attempted amongst friends and still failed.