Columbus DUI Detection Phase Two: Personal Contact cont'd
At this point in the DUI investigation the police officer has probably already determined that you will be asked to exit the vehicle and submit to Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, but why not make you look a little more foolish first. Now that the officer has used several techniques to determine whether you are OVI, he or she may use one or two more questions to catch you off guard and gather as much evidence to be used against you as possible. These questions seem simple on the surface, but when someone is impaired by alcohol or drugs answering them becomes much more difficult. In fact, these elementary level questions often make my clients look the worst.
Columbus OVI Detection Phase Two: Personal Contact - Police Questioning Techniques
Most of the information in my two previous articles was fairly logical and straightforward. Today I'm going to give you the information the police do NOT want you to have. Columbus Police and other law enforcement agencies use specific questioning techniques during their "pre-arrest" DUI investigation. Once again, these techniques are taken directly from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) manual. NHTSA developed testing procedures to detect drunk driving after years of studying the effects of alcohol on your mental and physical capabilities. Obviously the effects of alcohol on the nervous system vary from person to person, but NHTSA found one extremely valuable common occurrence amongst their drunken test subjects.
Columbus DUI Detection Phase One: Drunk Driving
Over the next few days I will try to give you some useful information regarding DUI testing procedure in Columbus; well in the State of Ohio actually. I hope this information isn't terribly boring and will be useful whether you are currently facing a DUI charge, or you're the type of person that just likes to be informed.
Police are looking for specific clues to give them probable cause to arrest a person for OVI or DUI. Unfortunately, most people being detained and investigated for DUI have no idea what the officer is looking for. Columbus Police are trained to detect DUI using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's testing procedures (NHTSA manual).
Big shocker: the first clues are those observed while you're driving. . . usually. If you're so intoxicated that you don't realize you're driving the wrong way down a one way street or you've been in an accident, well, that's going to be a problem. Other clues are much harder to detect. Here is a list of possible DUI indicators taken directly from the NHTSA manual:
Last week the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that state cannot prosecute a driver for marijuana DUI unless that driver shows indications that they are impaired by the drug at the time of the stop. This is a major victory in the battle to protect people's constitutional rights.
The Court found that a certain chemical compound can be found in a person's blood or urine when they are under the influence of marijuana. Further, they found that chemical compound is not present when a person regularly uses marijuana but is not under the influence at the time of arrest.