Cobb County and Marietta DUI officers are out in droves during the Christmas and New Years holiday time cracking down on stopping motorists. Most people are stopped for a minor traffic violation - like a seatbelt offense or a burned out headlight, but then Cobb County officers begin an inquisition asking about drinking and accusing the driver of smelling of alcohol or marijuana. While most Cobb County DUI arrests are for DUI - alcohol, an increasing number of Marietta and Cobb County officers seem to be asking the driver to submit to a blood test. The results of this blood work come weeks or months later, but the driver is still arrested for DUI and sent to a Cobb County jail for the night. Blood tests are not perfect - in fact, far from it, but they are generally more comprehensive and reliable than a breath test. They test for drugs like marijuana and cocaine, but also show prescription medications in the system as well as some over the counter drugs. So be careful if will be driving and take any medications or have even a sip of alcohol.
Typically, a Cobb County DUI officer will first ask the driver to take some field sobriety tests. All the while, they are observing you mannerisms - your speech, gait, eyes, etc. for signs of intoxication. Field sobriety tests are difficult to pass under the best circumstances---and when you are tired, cold, nervous, etc., a good performance can be challenge. However, Cobb and Marietta officers just take this to mean that you are under the influence of drugs and alcohol and a less safe driver.
If you or a friend / family member have been arrested for DUI or a possession of marijuana or cocaine charge following a traffic stop, call our Cobb County DUI attorneys today for a free consultation. We can help you achieve the best results possible and have years of experience working on thousands of cases. Call today!