Jacksonville Florida DUI defense lawyer Malcolm Anthony has a vast amount of experience and has helped clients who have been wrongly accused of DUI and other criminal offenses as well as those who have had their rights infringed upon by incompetent or overzealous police officers. If you are arrested and charged with a DUI in Northeast Florida, in or around Jacksonville, call Malcolm Anthony immediately.
While no one is asking you to become a DUI expert, it wouldn’t hurt for you to understand your rights and do what you can to avoid an overzealous, and presumptuous DUI arrest. Know your right to remain silent must be exercised by you immediately verbally or in writing and also know what the police are looking for when they pull you over.
What Police Look For When They Pull You Over
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advises law enforcement to look for the following eight signals when a person is suspected of DUI as to whether or not to further investigate:
According to the NHTSA, “Officers should look for the following indicators of impairment during initial contact with a driver at a checkpoint:
1. An odor of alcoholic beverages or other drugs (marijuana, hashish, some inhalants);
2. Bloodshot eyes;
3. The presence of alcohol containers or drug paraphernalia;
4. A driver fumbling with their fingers;
5. A driver’s slurred speech;
6. An admission by the driver of drinking or drug use;
7. Inconsistent responses;
8. Detection of alcohol by a passive alcohol sensor; etc. …
If any of the above are found to be allegedly true the officer will proceed to pre-arrest questioning. Do not answer any of their questions and instead exercise your right to remain silent. “I am exercising my Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and to remain silent until I have my lawyer present.”