Central Florida DUI Traffic Stops
Orlando DUI Checkpoint Defense Attorney
Arrested for DUI following a traffic stop in Central Florida? You may be wondering why police stopped you and whether the stop was legal. The answer is important, because that traffic stop formed the basis for everything that followed: the field sobriety test, the Breathalyzer test and your arrest for drunk driving.
Our DUI defense attorneys would love to discuss the circumstances of your DUI traffic stop. We have handled hundreds of DUI cases in Orlando and Central Florida. We know how to challenge illegal stops and have a history of producing positive outcomes in DUI cases.
Was The DUI Traffic Stop Legal?
For your DUI stop to be legal, police must articulate a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity such as a traffic violation or an indication of impaired driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), indications of impaired driving include weaving or driving too slowly. One indication often used by police, speeding, is not an indication of impaired driving according to NHTSA.
Even if police had a valid reason for stopping you, the officer also needs probable cause to administer a field sobriety test. The most common reason given by police is "odor of impurities of alcohol." This needs to be combined with other observations such as slurred speech or you fumbling around in your vehicle when asked to provide your driver's license or proof of insurance.
Our Orlando DUI defense lawyer will carefully evaluate every aspect of your DUI traffic stop and subsequent arrest to determine if police violated your rights at any point in the process. If the stop was illegal, all evidence gathered after the stop, including the results of field sobriety and Breathalyzer tests, may be suppressed. Without evidence, the DUI charges would likely be dismissed.
Sometimes there is not a bright line difference between a legal and an illegal stop. If the stop was questionable, it would put you in a stronger negotiating position.
Contact Our Orlando DUI Defense Attorney
for a consultation to discuss your case call us at 866-680-4LAW or fill out the online form located at the top of this page and we will contact you shortly. Our DUI attorneys in Orlando respond to after-hours messages promptly. Evening or weekend appointments are available on request. We respect your privacy and will keep all your information confidential.
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