Attorney Ross Goodman
520 S 4th St,
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 383 – 5088
Fax: (702) 385 – 5088
Here are the common questions about DUI. We also aswered them for your reference.
- How does an officer search for drunk drivers on the highways? What does an officer look for?
Listed below are the symptoms that a vehicle is drived by a person who is under the influence of alcohol. The list is based from the research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Administration:
- Turning with a wide radius
- Straddling center of lane marker
- “Appearing to be drunk”
- Almost striking an object or vehicle
- Driving on other than designated highway
- Speed more than 10 mph below limit
- Stopping without cause in traffic lane
- Following too closely
- Tires on center or lane marker
- Breaking erratically
- Driving into opposing or crossing traffic
- Signaling inconsistent with driving actions
- Slow response to traffic signals
- Stopping inappropriately (other than in lane)
- Turning abruptly or illegaly
- Accelerating or decelerating rapidly
- Headlights off
Note: Speeding is not a symptom of DUI and may indicate sobriety because of quicker judgment and reflexes.
- If stopped by a police officer and asked if you have been drinking , what is the best possible response, regardless of whether you have been drinking or not?
A polite “I would like to speak with my lawyer before I answer any questions,” is a good reply. On the other hand, saying that you had one or two beers is not incriminating – it may explain the smell of alcohol in your breath.
- What is the officer looking for during the initial detention?
The traditional symptoms of intoxication taught at the police academies are:
- Flushed face
- Red, watery, glassy and/or bloodshot eyes
- Odor of alcohol on breath
- Slurred speech
- Fumbling with wallet trying to get license
- Failure to comprehend the officer’s questions
- Staggering when exiting vehicle
- Swaying/instability on feet
- Leaning on car for support
- Combative, argumentative, jovial or other “inappropriate” attitude
- Soiled, rumpled, disorderly clothing
- Stumbling while walking
- Disorientation as to time and place
- Inability to follow directions