If you are pulled over for any reason by JSO and the officer asks you to perform field sobriety exercises, he has to have “reasonable suspicion” to believe you are driving under the influence. If the officer just “smells the odor of alcohol” on your breath, that by itself with no other indicators of DUI will not be enough for him to ask you to perform the exercises.
The officer will have to cite specific facts to reasonable suggest that a crime has occurred, i.e., driving under the influence in Jacksonville. In addition to smelling alcohol, JSO almost always includes these indicators of impairment in their reports:
red, bloodshot eyes
stuttered or slurred speech
An experienced Jacksonville DUI Lawyer can analyze the facts of your case and advise you of any legal issues with the way the police handled your case.
Call our Northeast Florida DUI Attorneys at (904) 634-0900 today. We handle DUI cases in Duval County, Clay County, St. Johns County, Nassau County, and all of Northeast Florida.