Police officers cannot pull your vehicle over without probable cause, or the reasonable belief that a crime has been committed. In cases of suspected DUIs, there are particular things that law enforcement officers look for that suggest you may be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Here are some of those things and how you can get the legal advocacy you need after being charged with drunk driving.
Failure to Abide by Traffic Laws
One of the most obvious signs that a driver may be intoxicated behind the wheel is the failure to abide by traffic laws. Speeding, running a red light, and other traffic infractions give police officers the probable cause they need to legally pull you over and check for other indications of drunk driving.
Swerving is a key indicator that law enforcement officers use to determine if someone may be driving drunk. Intoxicated drivers often drift onto the shoulder or into the other lane and overcorrect the action too quickly, causing their car to swerve or fishtail.
Slurred Speech and Other Physical Signs of Intoxication
When the police officer approaches your vehicle after pulling you over, they will begin looking for other signs you may be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. For example, they’ll assess your speech and eye movements, how coordinated you are, whether or not you appear to understand directions or if are confused, if your speech is slurred, and if they detect the odor of alcohol or any drugs. Other indicators include bloodshot eyes, constricted or dilated pupils, and rapid speech.
Evidence of Drinking In Your Car
Law enforcement officers pull double duty when at your window and will simultaneously be asking you questions while looking through your windows for evidence of drug or alcohol use. Empty alcohol containers, drug paraphernalia, or other contraband opens the door for the officer to legally perform a full search of your vehicle without a warrant or your consent. However, officers must obtain a warrant or your permission to search your vehicle if there is no evidence of drinking or drug use in plain sight.
When to Reach Out to a Mississippi DUI Attorney
If you were pulled over and arrested for drunk driving in Mississippi, you can benefit greatly from the help of an experienced defense lawyer. J. Brian Kelley will work hard to zealously represent you against DUI charges to protect your rights and future. Call now for your consultation at (662) 324-3476.