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Why Police Suspect You Are Driving Under the Influence in Virginia (Part A)

The penalties for driving under the influence in Virginia are too severe to permit courts to ‘look the other way' when police officers make errors. However, there is one certainty at a DUI defense trial - the defendant cannot prevail on an issue his lawyer fails to recognize and raise!

If you're ever pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence in Virginia, it's essential to stay calm.
You may not realize that sober drivers can still be charged with drunk driving, which is why you need to pay careful attention to what happens next.

Keep in mind that the officer will record every moment of this encounter for use in the courtroom at a later date. This includes how quickly you pull over and stop your car, so don't delay. These little details can play an important role in a Virginia DUI defense.

Getting Pulled Over for Suspicion of Driving Under the Influence

A police officer can mistake your driving for that of a person under the influence of alcohol or drugs and pull you over for any number of reasons, including: 

  • Drifting from your lane
  • Missing a turn signal
  • Driving too slowly or too quickly
  • Tailgating
  • Braking too often 

You can easily make these basic driving errors while sober. However, if a police car pulls you over for one of these reasons at night, there's a good chance that the officer already thinks that you're driving under the influence, and will act accordingly. Remember, that the next several minutes will play a big part in your Virginia DUI defense.

The Importance of Good Behavior in a Virginia DUI Defense

When the officer begins questioning you, they will likely ask if you've been drinking. The officer probably won't believe your denial, but denying it will help you in court, where it can help prove that you were not driving under the influence in Virginia.

It's always a good idea to be polite to the police officer, even if you think their reasoning is flawed. Rudeness or combativeness on your part will be recorded, and can hurt you in your court case. Remember that your behavior will either help or hinder your Virginia DUI lawyer in building a strong defense to your DUI charges.

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Bob Battle
100% of my practice is devoted to serious traffic defense and criminal litigation in state and federal courts