No matter how the officer ends up at your window, this will begin the second phase of the DUI investigation, personal contact. Keep in mind, at this point, the officer has no idea whether this is a DUI investigation or just a traffic stop. So really, they must treat every traffic stop the same. The officer may discover evidence to support further investigation during the face-to-face interaction with the you, or the officer may decide to end the encounter by just issuing a warning or citation for whatever traffic infraction they observed to justify the stop.

During the personal contact phase, the officer will almost certainly ask for your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. It is always best to have these items readily available to hand to the officer. The officer will also be asking questions and watching while you search for these items. The officer will be looking for physical manifestations of impairment such as fumbling with your wallet, an odor of alcohol or marijuana, slurred speech, red eyes and difficulty answering questions, just to name a few. The officer is also looking for physical evidence such as an open container, prescription bottle, a marijuana pipe, etc. They are looking for things in this phase that would justify the third phase of a DUI investigation, the pre-arrest screening known as the standardized field sobriety testing.

For more information on DUI Law in Georgia, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you seek by calling (470) 728-1725 today.

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