October 5, 2023

Most states have laws that prohibit driving while under the influence of alcohol and other controlled substances. When one is found to be driving while intoxicated, they can face dire consequences and stiff penalties. Some of the common DUI penalties include suspension or revocation of the driver’s license, hefty fines, possible jail time and community service as directed by a court of law. There are many reasons why drivers can be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. A law enforcement officer will also rely on some indicators when making a decision on whether to pull you over.
Erratic driving behavior
Police officers have the necessary training to help them identify driving behaviors that may be indicative of a person driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Some of these behaviors include abrupt changes in speed, weaving from one lane to another or within the same lane and making improper turns. Erratic driving behavior will see you getting pulled over at a traffic checkpoint and being subjected to tests to determine the alcohol concentration in your system.
Admission to drinking
Law enforcement officers can deliberately ask a driver if they have been drinking. The driver may also make statements about drinking alcohol or indulging in drugs without the officer asking questions. This type of evidence can help the officer to establish probable cause that you were driving while intoxicated.
Appearance of intoxication
Bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, an odor of alcohol or staggering may all be indications that a driver is under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances. The law enforcement officer may rely on these signs to subject you to tests or use them as evidence in case you refuse to submit to such tests. 
Failed sobriety tests
A police officer can subject a driver to various field sobriety tests when they notice a driver who exhibits certain behaviors. Some of the common sobriety tests include one leg stand, walk and turn and HGN test. Poor performance and failing in these tests will result in the officer taking further steps or detaining the suspect.
Preliminary breath test
Another way through which a police officer can determine the level of intoxication is by administering a test to establish the concentration of alcohol in the driver’s blood. A breath test can either be administered at the checkpoint, at the police station or in a hospital. Any driver whose alcohol concentration is above the recommended limit will face DUI charges. 
If sufficient evidence is found to prosecute you and lead to conviction, you will face one or a combination of the DUI penalties as stipulated by the laws in the jurisdiction. However, the severity of the punishment will depend on whether you are a first, second or third time offender.