The holiday season provides a lot of reasons for people to visit the District of Columbia. Be it shopping, gatherings with friends or family, or attending any type of holiday party, people tend to flow into the District around holiday time. And along with these celebrations, often times alcohol tends to flow a little heavier than usual. Folks who are planning to head into the District need to take extra precautions to avoid getting behind the wheel. That goes without saying. But for those who do get behind the wheel and find themselves the unfortunate subjects of a DUI stop in DC, it is the information that they DO NOT know which can lead to potentially serious consequences. What is my motive behind that somewhat cryptic statement?
Consider this: there are three separate police agencies that are actively looking to arrest drivers for suspicion of DUI. The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) and the U.S. Park Police (USPP) all patrol the city for possible DUI arrests. And all three agencies seek to do one thing: gather as much evidence as possible in order to convict a driver of DUI. This evidence comes from many sources, such as statements from the driver, observations of the driver’s physical appearance, performance on standardized field sobriety tests, and chemical testing in the form of breath tests or urine tests.