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What Do Police Look for in DUI Traffic Stops In DuPage County?

Drunk Driving Defense Lawyers in DuPage County, Illinois

It all starts with a traffic stop. If you were arrested for driving under the influence, the attorneys of the law offices of Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd. are skilled at winding the clock back to that fateful moment. We have been successful in beating DUI charges by challenging the officer's basis for pulling our client over.

With offices throughout DuPage County, we provide focused representation in DUI/DWI defense. Whether it is your first drunk driving arrest or repeat offense, our lawyers are committed to keeping you out of jail, preserving your driver's license and avoiding the collateral consequences of a conviction.

What Are Police Looking for in a DUI Traffic Stop?

What are the signs that a person is driving drunk? In most cases, the patrol officer is acting on a hunch or stopping a car for some traffic violation such as:

  • Speeding
  • Failure to signal a turn or lane change
  • Stop sign or traffic light violation
  • Broken taillight, loud muffler or other equipment violation

By far, the most common reason cited by arresting officers for DUI traffic stops is failure to maintain the lane. Our experience has been that this is often a shaky observation at best. The officer's report says that the driver was weaving or drifting or crossed the center line, but the squad car video often shows that our client barely touched the line or only briefly.

Why You Were Pulled Over Does Matter in DUI Defense

If we are successful in challenging the lane violation or other moving violation as the basis for a DUI traffic stop, the rest of the prosecution's case falls apart. Questions about alcohol use, the field sobriety tests and the Breathalyzer tests are all subject to motions to suppress. Our lawyers examine every facet of your case, but we have obtained dismissals, acquittals and reduced charges solely on the issue of probable cause for traffic stops.

Read more about how we beat a DUI or contact Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd. now. Call us toll free at 1-877-335-6693 or e-mail us for a free and confidential consultation. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day.