The observation period starts as soon as the police officer or other witness sees or even hears you. This can take place at home, in a parking lot, in a convenience store, or any other public area.
Unrelated people in public, if called into court, can freely testify against you about how you were acting and whether they saw you drinking and/or driving.
After a Bucks County police officer or Pennsylvania State Trooper stops your vehicle, he or she will usually report the traffic stop to Police Dispatch and possibly run your tags to get some information about you. The Bucks County police officer or Pennsylvania State Trooper will then carefully walk up to your vehicle watching your body movements.
Then you will be asked a series of questions. The Bucks County police officer or Pennsylvania State Trooper will be observing your clothing, eyes, hand movements, and the rest of the contents of your vehicle.
Common DUI-Drunk driving signals that Bucks County police officers or Pennsylvania State Trooper observe include:
- Slurred speech
- Odor of alcohol
- Messy clothing or hair
- Trouble with motor vehicle controls
- Trouble exiting the vehicle
- Fumbling your cards
- Trouble finding cards
- Leaning on the car or other objects for balance
- Slow to respond
- Repeating yourself
Michael L. Saile, Jr., Esq., of Saile & Saile LLP, an experienced and local Bucks County DUI-drunk driving lawyer, can help you attack or explain any observations claimed to be made by the police.