3 DUI Red Flags Fairfax, Virginia Police Are Looking For

Most people assume that as long as they don’t get behind the wheel when they’re drunk, they’ll never have to worry about getting a DUI.

Although it would be great if this type of responsibility was enough to avoid a DUI in Northern Virginia, that’s not always the case. There’s a significant gray area between what someone may view as being responsible and how a police officer may respond to someone when they’re pulled over.

For example, let’s say you have one or two drinks over the course of a dinner out. In your mind, you may be in complete control of your faculties and completely safe to drive. However, if you’re pulled over by a police officer and you end up sharing that information, they may make the decision to arrest you for DUI. Of course, on that statement alone the cop may not be able to prove your guilt, but that doesn’t change the fact that he can still force you to have to go through the process of being taken to jail and booked for this offense.

Since that’s just one of numerous examples of how you can end up being charged with a DUI in Fairfax or Northern Virginia, we want to cover some of the specific red flags that can lead a police officer to arresting you for a DUI:


Swerving is often the trigger that sets off the path to a Virginia DUI arrest. Not only can swerving occur if you’re texting while driving, but you can be acting completely responsible behind the wheel and still encounter something on the road that requires you to swerve. Think about it. People swerve on the road day or night for various reasons. Is everyone drunk? Of course not, but at 2:00am, a swerve can take on a whole new meaning to a police officer. The main takeaway is regardless of why you swerve, an officer who pulls you over after witnessing this action is going to be looking intently for signs that you were drinking.

Eyes & Other Movements

It’s normal to be nervous when you get pulled over. The best way to start an interaction is by having your car off and your hands on the wheel. Just know that when the officer comes up to your window, they’re going to look at your eyes for redness, as well as watch how you move after they ask for your registration. Again, at 2:00am everyone’s eyes are bloodshot and glassy, but you have to remember –the cop is not looking for reasons to let you go. He’s looking for reasons to arrest you.

Speech & Smell

As mentioned above, you can incriminate yourself by over-sharing with a police officer. That’s why it’s always in your best interest to politely limit what you say. But even keeping your responses to a minimum won’t change the fact that a police officer will pay close attention to any speech inconsistencies, as well as any alcohol smells that come from your mouth or clothing.

Despite your best efforts to be responsible and protect your rights, there’s no foolproof way to avoid being charged with a Virginia DUI. What you can control is how you respond after receiving this charge. If you want to be 100% confident that your best interests are represented throughout this entire process, enlisting the help of a Northern Virginia DUI Lawyer is a very smart decision.

Contact the NoVA Law Firm

For an experienced Fairfax DUI Attorney who will always pursue the best solution in your case, contact Eric E. Clingan at the NoVa Law Firm.

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About the Author: Eric Clingan

About the Author: Eric Clingan

Eric Clingan is an experienced Criminal Defense attorney and the founder of the NoVA Law firm. He focuses his practice on defending residents of Northern Virginia charged with DUIs, reckless driving, drug charges, and other criminal accusations

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