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3 Main Steps in a Typical DUI Stop

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Posted on April 4, 2023

Traffic stops should follow a procedure. This applies to DUI arrests just as much as it does when an officer stops you for speeding.

Many potential questions could arise during these few critical minutes. This article only provides a general overview.

1. The stop

The first step in a DUI arrest is the traffic stop. Police officers might stop you for the following reasons:

  • You arrive at a roadside safety check (DUI roadblock)
  • They have probable cause or reasonably suspect you are under the influence
  • You are operating your vehicle unusually

There are also situations in which an officer might stop you for other reasons. For example, a speeding stop could turn into a DUI arrest.

2. Observation and identification

The next step is observation. The officer would observe you and potentially develop a suspicion that you are under the influence. This step also involves collecting your license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance.

3. Testing

This is the most complex stage. Outcomes could depend on a combination of factors including the officers’ suspicions, your consent to testing procedures, the results of your tests, additional tests you might take, the validity of your driver’s license and other variables.

You might believe that your arrest was unjust. You might feel that an officer was not treating you with dignity. These could be important facts, but certain actions you take as a result could hurt your case or lead to further problems. As a result, it is generally wise to fully understand the consequences of any actions before you take them.