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How police officers detect and detain suspected drunk drivers

In earlier posts we covered the first two of the three-phase process police officers use to stop drivers they suspect of drunk driving and to determine whether an arrest is justified. This post covers the third phase, the pre-arrest screening. Like the first two, this phase is included in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's  "DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing" guidelines.

What is the New York State Traffic Violations Bureau?

A motorist who receives a moving violation in New York City and some other communities in New York State that is not a misdemeanor will not be going to court. Instead, the motorist answers the ticket in the Traffic Violations Bureau that is part of the New York Department of Motor Vehicles.

Are there any defenses available to field sobriety tests?

A commonly-used means by which police determine whether a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol is the field sobriety test. Failing one or more of these tests cannot only lead to an arrest for DUI, it can possibly also be used by the prosecution as evidence at trial.

Tactics police use to assess you for a DUI after a vehicle stop

Recently we introduced the "DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing” guidelines for police officers, when we covered the first phase (“vehicle in motion”) of the three-phase process that police use when making the determination of whether to arrest a driver on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. This post addresses the second phase, “personal contact.”

How police officers decide to stop your car for DUI

When it comes to making DUI stops, it is well-established in New York and other states that police officers cannot arbitrarily stop vehicles. But how do police make such a determination? Is there any uniform standard that they adhere to, and if so what is that standard?

After red light violation cameras now come citizens taking videos

First, it was cameras recording your red light violation, and next came speeding tickets issued after you were caught on camera by an automated radar gun. Now, truck and car drivers may have something new to worry about if they are stopped with their engines running in New York City.

Driver Point System: hidden penalty for a moving violation

You could be thinking, as you leave court after paying your traffic ticket, that your troubles are behind you, but you might be mistaken. If the ticket was for a moving violation, you could still be hit with a suspended license by the state under the New York Driver Violation Point System.

Your driver's license was suspended, now what?

Having a revoked license is not the same as having a suspended license. When a driver's license is revoked, it is canceled. In other words, the driver must apply for a new license when the revocation period ends. This means that the driver must take the written test and driving test again and pay an application fee.