Statistically, other than Thanksgiving more people are arrested for DUI on New Year’s Eve than any other holiday. In a city as large as Chicago, several law enforcement agencies will be patrolling the streets and highways looking for drunk drivers.
If you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, the investigation begins before you step foot out of your car. Police will pay close attention to the way you drove, your ability to speak and annunciate words, a possible odor of alcohol from your breath, and how long it takes you to retrieve you license from your wallet. Police will also ask if you were drinking in order to obtain evidence of your own admission of alcohol use.
Once the officer asks you to step out of the vehicle to perform field sobriety tests, he is observing whether you use the car door for support to step or if you lean up against the side of your vehicle. The field sobriety tests are designed to assess your ability to think and act as a “regular” person would. All that and more can be used against you later down the road at trial.
If you are arrested for DUI, contact Matt Fakhoury, a former DUI prosecutor who can beat the police at their own game. ILDefense.com or 847-920-4540