Drivers often feel that drunk driving arrests are completely random –
the officer just got “lucky” when they pulled someone over.
In reality, a police officer is actually much more strategic as they search
for intoxicated drivers. Officers are trained to be on the alert for certain
red flags and when they spot them, it often leads to pulling the driver over.
While many of the signs of intoxication don’t seem like much on their
own, they can become very serious when combined or repeated. Being aware
of what an officer is looking for may even help you avoid getting arrested
and keep other drivers safe on the road.
What Officers are Looking for in Drunk Drivers
The most common signs of drunk driving include the following:
- Rapidly speeding up or slowing down
- Drifting between lanes
- Ignoring stop signs or stop lights
- Misusing turn signals
- Driving with headlights off at night
An officer is required to have probable cause before they pull someone
over. This means that they must have a reason for stopping the driver
in the first place, or the arrest may be considered illegal. Constantly
paying attention to drivers who exhibit the above behavior can lead to
many drunk driving arrests.
Once pulled over, a police officer may ask a driver to perform field sobriety
tests. While these tests are meant to confirm sobriety, they are highly
subjective and often do a disservice to drivers rather than the opposite.
If asked, it is best to politely tell the officer no and remain silent.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving, your future is at stake. Even
if you believe your arrest was unconstitutional or unwarranted, it is
important to remember that the jury could still prosecute you. Don’t
wait until it is too late to secure legal counsel!
Schedule a free consultation with our firm’s Pasadena DUI lawyer to obtain the advocacy you need.