Monday, 1 August 2011

Ten Reasons Why You May Be Pulled over for DUI

Even though it may seem so, police officers rarely pull persons over on suspicion of drunk driving on a whim. They look for signs of intoxicated driving before they decide to pull someone over. Los Angeles DUI defense lawyers believe you’re at a much higher risk of being pulled over for drunk driving if:

• You’re weaving between lanes
• You’re drifting between lanes
• You’re driving at excessive speeds (defined as 10 mph above the speed limit)
• You’re driving too close to the vehicle in front of you
• You apply the brakes frequently and unnecessarily
• You’re driving the wrong way
• You almost hit another vehicle, pedestrian
• You drive off the highway
• You fail to obey traffic signals
• You’re driving at inappropriately low speeds

If a police officer notices such driving behavior, the officer is likely to pull you over to investigate. Once you're pulled over, if the police officer has reason to believe that you're intoxicated, he may subject you to a field sobriety test. A field sobriety test can include a number of smaller tests. These include the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, probably known as the penlight test, in which you will be required to follow a pen with your eyes, while the officer monitors your eye movement or angle, a heel-to-toe test to determine your ability to follow instructions and walk a straight line, as well as a one-leg stand test.

Other simple tests involve reciting the alphabet. However, only the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, one-leg stand and the heel-to-toe test are considered fairly reliable. After the field sobriety test, a police officer may ask for a chemical test too. The results of all these tests are meant to be used as evidence of your condition at the time you were pulled over.

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