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What happens when the police pull you over for a DUI?

On Behalf of | Mar 26, 2024 | DUI |

Getting pulled over by the police for a suspected DUI (Driving Under the Influence) can be a stressful experience. It is a situation that demands immediate attention and understanding of the legal processes that follow. In Georgia, like in many other states, the law takes DUI offenses seriously due to the potential harm they pose to the driver, passengers and others on the road.

When police suspect a driver of DUI, they follow a specific procedure to determine if the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This process includes initial observations, field sobriety tests and possibly chemical tests. Each step is building a case for or against a DUI charge. Being aware of these steps can help individuals understand their rights and the potential consequences of a DUI stop.

Initial observations

The process begins with the officer’s initial observations. They might pull you over for erratic driving, violating traffic laws or after observing signs of impairment. Once stopped, the officer will observe your behavior, looking for signs of intoxication such as slurred speech, the smell of alcohol or glassy eyes.

Field sobriety tests

If the officer suspects you are under the influence, they may ask you to perform field sobriety tests. These tests assess your physical and cognitive abilities to perform tasks that require attention, balance and coordination. Failing these tests can lead to further testing.

Chemical tests

The officer may then request a breath test, to measure your blood alcohol content. Refusing this test can result in automatic license suspension due to Georgia’s implied consent law, which you agree to by using Georgia roads.

Being pulled over for a DUI initiates a series of steps that law enforcement uses to determine impairment. It highlights the seriousness with which the law treats DUI offenses and the importance of adhering to safe driving practices. Knowing what to expect can help mitigate the stress of the situation. It can also emphasize the significance of making responsible choices while driving.