DUI, driving under the influence, is a serious charge and one that must be addressed as quickly as possible when it occurs. DUI can occur at a traffic stop. The police officer may believe you have been drinking and if so, may proceed with DUI tests and charges. Traffic stops in general may be increased throughout the holiday season as police are more vigilant in watching for potential problems. DUI checkpoints are often put into place at this time of year.

DUI Checkpoints

Law enforcement may set up DUI checkpoints to randomly test drivers. The checkpoints are set up in places and at times where the potential for DUI is highest. Florida law allows for DUI checkpoints. Vehicles must pull to the designated area where a police officer will speak with the driver. You will be asked to show your driver’s license, registration and insurance documents. Checkpoints must follow guidelines and are will often check every third, fourth, or fifth vehicle.

Field Sobriety Tests

If a member of law enforcement thinks that you are driving under the influence he may ask you to take some field sobriety tests. Some of the most common field sobriety tests include:

  • Walking in a straight line
  • Reciting the alphabet
  • Touching your finger to your nose with your eyes closed
  • Holding your foot out in front for ten seconds

Police officers are trained to make a determination of your possible DUI based on their observation of the tests.

Implied Consent Law

In Florida you are required by law to submit to blood, breath, or urine testing if requested. Refusal to submit to this testing will result in additional charges including the possible suspension of your driver’s license. Comply with the requests of an officer but remember that you can request that your attorney be present –don’t answer any questions until your lawyer is with you.

DUI Defense

DUI charges must be taken seriously. If you have been charged with DUI consult with an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. There are many possible ways to successfully defend DUI charges. Your lawyer will review all the information regarding your charges including the initial traffic stop to ensure that the proper procedures were followed. Additionally, your lawyer will evaluate the testing process to determine if the results are valid. Talk to your lawyer quickly for the best possible outcome.