Is this a probable cause to arrest?

In New Jersey, the law treats DUI crimes seriously. If you face a DUI-related charge, you want to make sure you understand the charge well. Along with that, you should get to know whatever penalty you may be facing.

You also want to understand the tools used to arrest someone when suspected of DUI. Many times, the focus falls on breath and blood tests. But what about probable causes to arrest?

Potential suspicious signs of DUI

FieldSobrietyTests.org looks at what an officer might view as a probable cause to arrest. First, what is this? It is evidence an officer gleans from your behavior, personality and interactions with them. Often, they pick up on these observations while administering other DUI tests like breath or field sobriety tests.

Some popular probably causes to arrest when it comes to DUI suspicions include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Red and bloodshot eyes
  • The smell of alcohol on your breath, body or in your car
  • Words of passengers or even yourself that hint at alcohol consumption

The flaws with probable causes to arrest

But probable causes to arrest often include observations attributed to more than alcohol. This is why they are not used as solid evidence in court. Instead, it is just enough evidence to put you under arrest. From there, an officer can conduct more tests and interviews to get more condemning evidence.

This is why it is important to know your rights and understand what you can and cannot do when under arrest. If you know your rights, you can keep from potentially giving away evidence that could end up used against you in court.