It is appearing that the police agencies operating in San Diego County
are stepping up their contacts with motorists these days. Whether it is
in response to increasingly dangerous and aggressive driving on the part
of motorists, or a need to collect additional revenues, or something more
- the parking lots for the San Diego County Courthouses are packed like
never before with individuals going to court.
For young adults planning to go out on the weekend, much thought should
go in to who is drinking and who is driving, because young people know,
the police agencies and California Highway Patrol are cracking down on
everything like never before. One thing many drivers are not aware of
however - is what a police officer is trained to go after, and what they
as motorists must do when stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence.
Your Rights During a DUI Stop
People on many occasions would be wise to remember that they have a right
to remain silent when they are being questioned by the police and they
are no longer free to leave. They would also be wise to remember that
while they do ultimately have to consent to taking either a breath test,
or blood test, if lawfully arrested on suspicion of
DUI, they can still decline to perform a host of
field sobriety tests, but should do so in a polite manner.
In practice, officers observing the performance of field sobriety tests
are looking to write up individuals for what - to others might seem -
like completely insignificant or minor deviations from perfect field sobriety
test performance. In many cases unfortunately, stopped individuals go
way out of their way to communicate and demonstrate things to law enforcement
personnel, not realizing that in today's world, those officers are
trained to collect as much evidence as possible - for the purpose of it
being used against them.
For more information concerning individual rights when stopped for a DUI
in San Diego,
contact attorney Mark R. De Yoe at (619) 519-7385. Our attorney truly values his clients and knows that
the outcome he is able to retain on their behalf will affect the rest
of their lives.