16Oct 2018

Simply Drinking Does Not Mean You Can Be Charged With DUI

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.