Police Misconduct in DUI Cases
Law enforcement officers are required to adhere to strict regulations when it comes to DUI stops and arrests. They cannot stop you without due cause and they cannot arrest you without adequate evidence of intoxication. In order to make a legal DUI stop, an officer must witness certain signs that indicate a motorist may be driving while drunk. This includes weaving, irregular speed, ignoring traffic signs and signals, driving at night without headlights, and more.
DUI checkpoints must also follow strict regulations. Police officer must not be selective about which vehicles or persons they stop; it must be a set pattern, such as every car, every third car, etc. Officers must never be abusive or use excessive force unless the suspect is belligerent or resistant. They must also conduct field sobriety tests and
breathalyzer tests correctly so that the results are true.
If an officer makes a mistake while conducting an SFST or while administering the breath test, a false negative could occur, resulting in a wrongful arrest. If you are the victim of any such police misconduct, speak with a Miami DUI defense lawyer right away.
How an Attorney Can Help with Florida DUIs
The court will be more likely to trust a police officer's word over yours if you've been arrested for driving under the influence. Your best chance of successful defense would be to hire a criminal defense lawyer in Miami with a strong understanding of Florida DUI laws and defense strategies.
Attorney Michael Mirer can investigate the circumstances of your arrest and help you obtain evidence to prove that your arresting officer erred in their conduct, therefore making your arrest a wrongful one.
Contact the Law Office of Michael Mirer, P.A. today for a complimentary consultation and find out more about what a DUI lawyer can do to fight your charges.