One common misconception is that Driving While Intoxicated, or DWI, is always related to alcohol. We all know 0.08 BAC is the legal limit, but if you have lost the use of mental or physical faculties from any substance, you may be charged with DWI.

What Signs do Officers Look for in a DWI Stop?

Most officers are primarily trained to recognize signs of intoxication such as slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and unsteady balance or coordination. In practice, they must make their best determination of intoxication without the immediate assistance of a toxicology report. There have even been arrests of tired individuals who have displayed a state of impairment!

With sufficient probable cause, an officer has the right to pull you or your loved one over and begin an assessment of level of impairment. If determined to be intoxicated, you may be charged with a DWI, even with 0.00 BAC.

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