A Ft. Myers police officer was arrested last week for DUI (Driving Under the Influence). Leon Young was approaching a DUI checkpoint in and police say he attempted to turn his car around in a parking lot in an attempt to avoid the checkpoint.
According to reports, after being stopped, police reported that Young’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, his speech was thick-tongued, and he smelled like alcohol. In Jacksonville and all over Florida, almost every police report in a DUI arrest notes these same indicators of impairment.
Police say they also saw flakes of marijuana on Young’s shirt and the canine officer alerted to smelling pot in the air. Despite this evidence, no pot was found in his car. Police asked Young to perform Field Sobriety Exercises, which he initially refused. Later, he did perform the exercises. A Jacksonville DUI Attorney will tell you that you do not have to perform these exercises if you are pulled over for DUI in Florida. The Jacksonville police officer will have to establish reasonable suspicion that you are under the influence of alcohol before he or she can even ask you to perform the exercises. Even then, it is your right to refuse to perform them, but your refusal can later be used against you in court.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for DUI in Jacksonville, contact our Experienced DUI Attorneys in Jacksonville at (904) 634-0900 to discuss your rights 24 hours a day 7 days a week.