As a Jacksonville DUI Law Firm, we represent many people who have been arrested for Driving Under the Influence. Today, the Florida Gators play the Georgia Bulldogs, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has issued a statement telling citizens of Jacksonville and visitors JSO will be out in force.
Even though JSO will not put a checkpoint right outside EverBank Field, they will be on patrol watching for anything that will justify a traffic stop. Most DUI arrests in Jacksonville begin with a traffic stop. The police have to articulate particular reasons they pull you over. Most commonly cited – speeding, weaving in or outside the lane of travel, and running a stop sign or red light.
Once the officer pulls you over he or she is looking for anything to detain you further, such as the odor of alcohol, slurred speech, or even you having a red face. The police are supposed to issue you a civil citation and let you go on your way unless they notice something that will justify questioning you further. If you are pulled over and the police officer wants to ask you questions about drinking, etc, exercise your right to remain silent. You do NOT have to answer an officer’s questions, especially if he or she is asking questions to incriminate you. Ask to speak to a Jacksonville DUI Attorney to discuss your rights.