Typical DUI Investigations
Driving under the influence is a serious charge. Several situations might prompt a law enforcement officer to investigate a person suspected to be operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If the person has been involved in an accident, police will consider the possible role of alcohol. Additionally, sobriety checkpoints are common places of inspection, as well as anonymous reports from concerned citizens detailing erratic driving behavior. The police officer should personally observe reckless conduct behind the wheel before pulling the driver over. Suspicious activity includes turning with a wide radius, straddling the center or lane marker, weaving, almost striking another vehicle or object, slow speed, swerving, drifting, and signaling inconsistent with driving actions.
Once a police officer pulls over a suspected drunk driver, they will continue to look for clues. Signs a driver is under the influence include alcohol on the breath, slurred speech, watery or bloodshot eyes, flushed face, fumbling to get identification papers, and difficulty in understanding or responding to questions. If a law enforcement officer thinks a suspect is drunk, field sobriety tests might be performed. If a suspect fails these tests and the officer has reasonable cause to suspect driving after drinking, the suspect can be transported to the police station. There, chemical tests such as breathalyzers and blood tests can be legally performed.
If you have been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, it is imperative to contact legal counsel in order to protect your rights. The experienced Rhode Island DUI lawyer Matthew Marin can fight for your reputation in court. Contact him today at 401-287-4384 to discuss your specific situation.