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Understanding The DUI Traffic Stop

In Michigan, many drunk driving cases begin with a traffic stop and end with a drunk driving arrest. If you find yourself in this situation, it is critical that you take prompt and effective steps to minimize the consequences of an arrest or drunk driving charge.

For over 30 years, our criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Harris & Literski have aggressively advocated for our clients who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law. We take drunk driving charges seriously because we know these violations have a lasting impact on your life.

Charged with a drunk driving offense? Call us today to discuss your options.

Reasons Police Officers Can Stop Drivers On Suspicion Of DUI

Many drivers suspect they’ve been pulled over because they’ve been unfairly targeted or profiled by police. Michigan laws require police officers to have a logical reason for pulling over a driver. A “gut feeling” will not stand up in court.

These are lawful reasons that officers can pull drivers over for a traffic stop:

  • Expired license registration tags
  • Obscured license
  • Broken headlight or tail light
  • Speeding
  • Swerving or drifting out of a lane
  • Failing to obey traffic lights or stop signs

If the police officers suspect that you are intoxicated when you are pulled over during the traffic stop, they are allowed to conduct a field sobriety test and a preliminary breath test.

What Happens During A DUI Traffic Stop

During a traffic stop, officers pay attention to the driver’s appearance and mental ability. They look for tell-tale signs of intoxication which include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Inability to focus
  • The scent of alcohol on the driver
  • Glassy or red eyes

If you show these signs, the police officer may have a lawful reason to investigate your condition further.

It is your right to challenge the police officer’s opinion, but you need to do so the appropriate time and place. Disagreeing with officers during a traffic stop will not convince them to release you with a warning.

Our lawyers will help you develop a strong case by examining the police report, talking to witnesses and studying body camera videos. We will explore all options to protect your driving privileges and your rights.

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