Police officers need a valid reason to stop your car!
The police can't just pull you over for no reason. If the officer did not have legal justification — called probable cause — for the traffic stop, or reasonable suspicion of a crime, you may be able to argue that the stop/arrest never should have happened at all.
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There are many driving patterns that give Florida police officers probable cause to make traffic stops. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are as many as 20 different driving patterns recognized as possible indicators of intoxication, including:
Making a wide Turn …65%
Failure to Maintain Single Lane (FMSL) …65%
Appearing to be drunk …60%
Almost striking an object or vehicle …60%
Driving outside the designated roadway …55%
Slow speed (more than 10 mph below the speed limit) …50%
Stopping in traffic (without a reason) …50%
Following too closely (tailgating) …45%
Driving with tires on center or lane marker …45%
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Erratic braking …45%
Driving into opposing traffic …45%
Signaling inconsistently with driving actions …40%
Stopping inappropriately (other than in lane) …35%
Turning abruptly or illegally …35%
Accelerating or decelerating suddenly …30%
Headlights off after dark …30%
*Notice what is not on this list: Speeding. Many DUI cases begin with the driver getting pulled over for speeding. Many DUI officers claim that speeding is one of the factors suggesting the driver to be drunk. Yet the studies show no substantial correlation between DUI and driving in excess of the speed limit. A speeding driver is no more likely to be drunk than sober.
When these any of these factors catch a police officer's attention, a chain of events is set into motion that often leads to a drunk driving, impaired driving or in Florida a DUI arrest.
It is very important that you not face these situations alone. Consult with an experienced Florida DUI and criminal defense attorney, JOHN C. MURPHY, as soon as possible. Murphy’s Law Offices endeavors to minimize incarceration, fines, and lifelong irreparable reputation damage by representing you throughout the judicial process.