What do police officers look for when searching for drunk drivers on the highways?Return to FAQ Videos
There are going to be many defenses available in any DUI case. DUI cases are typically extremely subjective, meaning that it’s the officer’s opinion as to what they’re seeing. So when they say that they hear slurred speech, when they say they see someone swaying, there’s going to be hopefully video of that to show that you weren’t doing those things. When it comes to the driving, was there any erratic driving? The field sobriety exercises, were you tired? Were you sick? Were you injured? And then when it comes to the breath test, was it properly maintained? Were you properly observed? There’s steps and procedures that law enforcement have to do in any DUI case, and if they don’t do things properly that leads to many defenses that are available for us in your case.What do police officers look for when searching for drunk drivers on the roadways? They typically look for anything giving them a right to stop you. The typical drunk driving pattern is the car that’s weaving or failing to maintain its lane, weaving all over the road. But come 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 in the morning, when the cops are out there looking for drunk drivers, they’re literally looking for any reason to pull you over whether it’s speeding, whether it’s for any reason, tag lights being out, in order to stop you so they can make contact with you to see if they smell anything, see if they see anything. So they can literally stop you for any lawful violation.