Contact with the Officer
In Florida a person can be convicted of Driving Under the Influence if the State Attorney’s Office can prove that a person was driving while their normal faculties were impaired or that a person was driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .08% or above. Your DUI investigation likely began with an officer noticing certain abnormal driving behavior, thought by him to be caused by impairment. Abnormal driving can be classified as swerving, driving too slow, driving too fast, driving over a curb, or weaving in and out of a lane amongst others. It is also possible the officer noticed a traffic infraction or malfunctioning equipment on your vehicle, both grounds for a legal stop. The officer will then make contact with you to further his investigation. Upon making contact, the officer will be looking for certain “signs” of impairment. Namely bloodshot, watery eyes, flushed face, odor of alcohol, lack of motor skills and slurred speech. If the officer confirms his suspicion he will request you to step out of the vehicle for the infamous Field Sobriety Exercises.