Florida laws are strict on drunk driving, and individuals convicted of this type of crime could face a myriad of significant penalties, even for a first-time offense. You may understand it is critical to take immediate action to defend your interests and fight the DUI charge against you.
One way you can do this is to understand the grounds for the initial traffic stop. Law enforcement must have a valid reason to stop a driver and check for intoxication. Grounds for a DUI traffic stop relies on reasonable suspicion. If there were issues with the traffic stop that led to your DUI arrest or a violation of your personal rights, you could have grounds to challenge the validity of the entire case against you.
What counts as reasonable suspicion?
Law enforcement is only supposed to stop a driver if there is a valid reason to do so. There are specific types of behaviors that could indicate intoxicated driving, and a police officer has the responsibility of following training and protocol when pulling over a driver. Some examples of things that could lead to reasonable suspicion include the following:
- Making illegal turns
- Driving at erratic speeds
- Drifting from lane to lane
- Braking frequently and for no apparent reason
- Driving too close to other vehicles
- Making stops in the middle of the road without cause
If a driver is displaying any of the above behaviors, or is driving in a way that could indicate either drug or alcohol intoxication, it is valid grounds for a suspected DUI traffic stop.
If you believe that a police officer did not have a valid reason to stop you, it could invalidate the entire DUI case against you. It is not necessarily easy to prove a lack of reasonable suspicion, but you have the right to challenge what you believe to be unfounded criminal charges that are threatening your future.
Your right to fight back
You have the right to present a strong defense, regardless of the details of your individual case. If you think the officer had no grounds for your traffic stop or you are the victim of a violation of your personal rights, you would be wise to take quick action to fight for your interests.
When it is your future and your personal freedom on the line, there is no time to lose. With help, you may be able to challenge the case against you and work for a reduction or dismissal of all charges.