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Signs of alcohol impairment a Texas State Trooper may look for

A Texas State Trooper will usually ask a driver to pull over when he or she either witnesses or suspects the driver of committing a traffic offence such as speeding, reckless driving, or driving while intoxicated. In the event the trooper suspects DWI, he or she will ask the driver to undergo certain field sobriety and breathalyzer tests. However, before asking conducting those tests, the trooper will try to look for certain physical and behavioral signs, which indicate that the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Once the driver stops the car, the trooper will come up to the driver's window and the first thing that he or she is likely to pay attention to are the driver's eyes. Alcohol usually causes red and watery eyes and makes the eyelids look droopy. It also makes the intoxicated person blink continuously or force him or her to try to see with one eye only in order to eliminate double vision. Additionally, alcohol can affect the driver's inhibitions and the ability to make judgments. For example, an alcohol-impaired person may behave overly excited, may speak too loudly, may resort to profanity, or may even get violent.

What to do when a cop pulls you over in Texas

Getting pulled over by a cop can be an intimidating experience regardless of whether you know his or her reason for doing so. The flashing blue or red lights may ignite a mini panic attack as you attempt to get over to the shoulder as quickly as possible, hoping that you do not end your day with an unexpected ticket.

No matter how stressed out you may be in the moment, it is important to know what steps to take in the unfavorable situation so that you can avoid facing unnecessary problems. Keep the following suggestions in mind if you find yourself being told to pull over by a cop:

Court rulings on cellphone searches continue to set boundaries

The U.S. Constitution contains provisions that protect us against unreasonable search and seizure (Fourth Amendment) and self-incrimination (Fifth Amendment). These are critically important protections when interacting with police and the larger criminal justice system. Unfortunately, these two rights are almost constantly being challenged in new and novel ways – usually due to advances in technology.

A good example is your cellphone. It contains a treasure trove of personal and private data about you. Should police officers be able to search your phone without your permission in the same way that they might search your pockets? Thankfully, courts are increasingly saying “no.” 

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