An interesting case occurred recently in Florida. A man was stopped for an
equipment violation on his car, most likely a burned out head or tail
light. The officer noticed an odor of alcohol, slurred speech and so
forth. The officer asked if the man had been drinking and he said he had
had one drink. After administering field sobriety tests, the man was
arrested and charged with DUI.
The defense lawyer argued that since the man was not exhibiting any
evidence of impaired driving, the arrest and charges were illegal. The
stop was for an equipment problem, not a driving problem. The courts
ruled in favor of the defendant and the charges were ultimately dismissed.
Just because you drink does not mean you are driving impaired. However,
if there is any question of your sobriety, remember it is never ok to
drink and drive. If you live in Burlington, Essex, Colchester, Winooski,
Williston, Shelburne or anywhere in the State of Vermont, and have been
arrested or charged with DUI or any crime, call Handy Law for aggressive
and experienced legal defense.