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DUI Traffic Stop

Police officers need a reason to stop your car. They can't just pull it over for no reason at all. If the officer did not have legal justification — called reasonable suspicion — for the traffic stop, you may be able to argue that the arrest never should have happened at all.

There are many different driving symptoms that give Florida police officers reasonable suspicion to make traffic stops. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are as many as 20 different driving patterns recognized to be possible indicators of intoxication, including the ones listed below:

  • Weaving in and out of lanes of traffic
  • Breaking repeatedly
  • Driving too slowly (interestingly, it takes more coordination to speed — not less)
  • Straddling two lanes of traffic
  • Erratic driving
  • Having a headlight out
  • Making a turn without signaling

When these factors catch a police officer's attention, a chain of events is set into motion that often leads to a drunk driving arrest. At the Whited Law Firm, we know this because DUI defense is all we do. It is our sole area of focus, so we are able to devote our resources, knowledge and experience to doing it well. All the lawyers at our Daytona Beach, Florida, law firm are seasoned veterans, and our founding partner — Fleming Whited — has been a leader in the field of DUI defense since the mid 1980s.

Fleming has spoken at over 150 continuing legal education programs in over 30 states, and in four foreign countries on all aspects of defending a DUI case. Recently he has limited his speaking engagements to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National College for DUI Defense and the Florida Bar Association.