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The holiday season involves an increased risk of arrest

On Behalf of | Dec 5, 2022 | Drunk Driving Charges, DUI and DWAI Charges |

The holiday season is once again in full swing. It means shopping and Christmas decorations, but it also involves a full schedule of social gatherings with family, friends and coworkers. For many, 2022 may be the first time since 2019 that there is that same old frenetic pace. While this all qualifies as too much of a good thing, it is also appropriate to remind folks that law enforcement has already ramped up its DUI arrests campaign.

Officers on heightened alert

Along with the increased number of officers on the roads, other strategic changes exist. Officers know that more people are drinking and driving this time of year, so they are more apt to pull people over based on what they see.

Everyday actions can get their attention

Police officers are looking for the following as probable cause to stop drivers:

  • Drivers who do not follow laws posted on street signs
  • Drivers that swerve or overreact to obstacles
  • The driver speeds up and brakes when it is not appropriate
  • The driver or other occupant has an open alcoholic beverage in the vehicle

It could be their overreaction

Officers usually have the best intentions in doing their job, but they can become overzealous. Many drivers are very anxious during a stop, and this can lead officers to misinterpret the signs of nervousness or even the confusion caused by the sobriety test. The officer may also interpret alcohol on the breath as intoxication, but the driver may have been careful not to drink enough to put them over the legal limit.

Don’t let a stop ruin the holidays

It is essential for those pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs to contact a criminal defense attorney who regularly defends clients against these charges. These legal professionals can review the details of the case with the client and discuss possible strategies for dismissing or minimizing the charges.