You've Had A Drink and There's a Cop Behind You
What to be aware of if you have had something to drink and notice there's a cop behind you.
CuesLong before you see the reflection of lights flashing in your rearview mirror, the police officer behind you has been looking for signs of impairment. The process of you being charged with an OVI has already begun.
What is the officer looking for while he's following behind you? Simply put the answer is any indicia of impairment.
They're called "cues" and there are tons of them. Weaving within your lane, tires crossing the lane line, these are a few examples of the 26 or more examples from a list that officers are trained to look for.
Once pulled over the officer is now looking for a world of other "clues" that will be submitted in a report to be used against you in court. The officer needs these clues for a legal arrest. The officer knows it and he knows your lawyer knows it.
CluesWhat are these clues?
Odor of alcohol or marijuana, slurred speech, non-responsive or inconsistent answers to questions, open containers or drug paraphernalia, red and glossy eyes, just to
name a few of the more than 16 clues that the officer is trained to look for after you are pulled over.
The officer will speak to you long enough to characterize the odor of alcohol that will be reported as on your person or from your breath. The officer will even go as far as to report "cover up odors" such as perfume, gum, or air fresheners if the officer believes you attempted to mask an odor prior to the officer approaching your vehicle.
The officer will also watch closely when you are asked to produce your license and insurance to see if you fumble for it or can't find it. You will be asked to do two things at once (like answer questions while you find your license) while being observed whether or not you can divide your attention to accomplish two tasks.
If there is a cop behind you and you have had something to drink, know that all of your conduct is being carefully observed and documented, including how you pull over and how quickly you do it. The best way to handle this situation is to remain calm and request to call your attorney as soon as the officer asks you to step out of the vehicle.