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How police detect impaired drivers

On Behalf of | Sep 23, 2019 | Drunk Driving, Dui |

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is illegal in Nebraska and every other U.S. state. Law enforcement typically arrests drivers with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher and charges them with DUI. If convicted, you may have your license suspended, receive fines in excess of $30,000 and attend mandatory treatment programs. London Law Office P.C., L.L.O our team works to reduce or eliminate DUI charges.

FindLaw states that police typically use three different methods when determining if you are driving while intoxicated.

Law enforcement pulls you over if you drive erratically. This can include speeding, driving below the posted speed limit, swerving and failing to yield. There are situations in which there may be another explanation for this behavior. Once stopped, the officer may let you off with a warning or a ticket, based on your answers to his or her questions.

If officers see that your eyes are blurry or dilated and there is the smell of alcohol on your breath, they might conduct standardized field sobriety tests. This may include standing on one leg, walking a straight line, or a speech test. You can refuse these tests, but in doing so, you invoke the “implied consent” law. As a result, you may spend the night in jail and have your license suspended.

If you take the SFSTs and fail, officers will take you in and conduct a blood alcohol test. Testing above .08% results in DUI charges. Contacting an experienced attorney can help you navigate the process and get ahead of any charges. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.