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Friday, September 24, 2010

Reasonable Suspicion for Detroit Field Sobriety Tests

If you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in Detroit, the police officer must have reasonable suspicion before he can request that you submit to field sobriety tests. Field sobriety tests are meant to determine if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is above the legal limit. If the officer does not have reasonable suspicion to conduct a field sobriety test or to conduct a DUI investigation, your arrest may be illegal.

Michigan courts require that several factors be present in order to give the officer reasonable suspicion. The smell of alcohol alone is not enough to warrant a DUI arrest. Possible factors for reasonable suspicion include:

  • The smell of alcohol
  • Slurred speech
  • Bloodshot, watery eyes
  • Staggered walk
  • Flushed face

These combined factors along with a traffic violation will provide the arresting officer with legal reasonable suspicion and will warrant your arrest. Officers may exaggerate or lie in their police reports about what gave them reasonable suspicion.

If you have been pulled over for the suspicion of a DUI in Detroit, Michigan, you will want the skilled Detroit DUI attorneys at the Cochran Firm on your side. You have rights under the law and your DUI arrest may be illegal. Please contact the Cochran Firm today to schedule a case evaluation.


posted by Benjamin A. Irwin at 8:31 AM

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