According to the “DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST)” manuals that are produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), some of the post-stop “clues” of impairment that officers are trained to look for include fumbling with or having trouble retrieving and producing a driver’s license, registration, or proof of insurance. Such actions are, seemingly, indications of driver impairment from alcohol or drugs, or both.
Recently, a Montana driver allegedly had a great deal of trouble producing proof of vehicle insurance for an officer: “A man suspected of driving drunk with his child in the car gave a security officer a piece of cardboard as proof of insurance.” Source: http://billingsgazette.com/news/crime/man-suspected-of-drunk-driving-used-piece-of-cardboard-for/article_436c22d2-4a21-5d66-8c39-b969259a47c7.html
Our law office has successfully defended citizens accused of exhibiting all sorts of so-called “post-stop impairment clues.” It is not uncommon that police officers will allege that our clients produced credit cards instead of their licenses, dropped their insurance cards in floorboards, and so on. Please consult with one our experienced DUI defense attorneys for a free consultation if you have been charged with a DUI in Mississippi. We have the SFST manuals that DUI enforcement officers are trained with and we know how to use them to benefit our clients. And, if the prosecution alleges that you handed an officer a piece of cardboard as your driver’s license or insurance card, we will know how to handle it as well!
Credits: Billings Gazette, Ashley Nerbovig, August 8, 2016.
Carmody, Stewart & Mixon, P.A.
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