DUI 101: Why did the officer stop me?

Some indicators of an impaired driver include erratic and reckless driving, failing to maintain your lane by crossing either line, driving slowly, or excessive speeding. This may be observed by law enforcement or reported by anyone observing your vehicle in motion.

Impaired driving is not always obvious. You may have committed a traffic offense. It can be any offense no matter how minor, for example incomplete stops, burned out tag light, or speeding. If the officer stops your vehicle for an infraction, they may issue a citation or a warning and they cannot subject you to further detention or questioning. If the officer stops your vehicle for a misdemeanor, they may issue you a citation, warning, or arrest you. However, if the officer smells alcohol or marijuana on your breath or in your vehicle, or you appear to be impaired, they have probable cause to ask you questions about your recent drinking or illicit or legal drug activities and to detain you for investigation. The officer only needs to observe a few indicators to request further testing.

Some common characteristics of impairment include:

  • Voluntary admission of prior consumption of alcohol;
  • Voluntary admission of taking certain prescription or over the counter medications;
  • Sleepy and drowsy appearance;
  • Blood shot watery eye;
  • Slurred speech;
  • Delayed movements;
  • Confusion or disorientation;
  • Difficulty obtaining documents;
  • Pupil dilation;
  • Slumped over steering wheel;
  • Strong odder of alcohol; or
  • Odor of marijuana.

Why is a DUI Defense Attorney Essential?

DUI laws are complicated and difficult to navigate on your own. A DUI good defense attorney will know how to navigate the laws, court systems, and administrative proceedings. DUI defense requires knowledge of the Kansas Rules of Evidence and Criminal Procedure. There are a number of ways I can defend a client.

  • The stop, search, and seizure must be constructional or it will be contested;
  • The evidence must be legally obtained or a motion to suppress will be filed;
  • Any officer conditioning any test must be trained, experienced, and correctly administer the test or the results will be challenged;
  • All witness will be tested for credibility and reliability;
  • The evidence must be correctly preserved or it will be objected to; and
  • Any plea offer must be fair and reasonable or I will advise against it.

Our attorneys diligently review all details of each case, collect all evidence, and develop the best possible defense that may lead to a dismissal, a reduced charge, not guilty verdict, or a diversion. A DUI is a life-changing event and hiring the right attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. If you need representation in a DUI case, please call Cameron & Herrman, P.A. at (316) 265-0650.

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