If you or someone you care about has been stopped by the Flowood police department on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), then you know how serious the charges can be. That’s why here at Coxwell & Associates we handle your DUI case with the utmost discretion and work to get the matter resolved as quickly as possible so you can get back to your life.
Here in Mississippi, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle if your blood alcohol level is .08% or higher. The limit for individuals under 21 and commercial drivers is even lower: under-age individuals cannot drive with a blood alcohol level of .02% or higher and commercial drivers cannot drive with a blood alcohol level of .04%. Regardless of their respective limits, if you are arrested for Driving under the Influence (DUI), then your license to drive is taken away. In the meantime you will have a temporary driving permit until your trial date and sometimes you have to request an extension if the date is far away. If convicted, your DUI arrest will show on your record for five (5) years.
The officers that are involved in DUI cases are typically one of the twenty (20) officers from the Flowood police department’s patrol division or traffic division. These men and women respond during their twelve (12) hours shifts and investigate crime scenes, assist in traffic accident investigations, or use radar guns in an effort to stop speeding within Flowood. During these investigations and during other traffic stops, these officers may ask you to take a breathalyzer test or a field sobriety test.
Located at 2101 Airport Rd, Suite B, the Flowood police department’s office hours during the week are 8 AM to 5 PM. This police department employed 48 officers in 2010. Chief of Police Johnny DeWitt oversees the 4 divisions of the Flowood police department: patrol division, traffic division, bike patrol, and the canine division. These officers in each division do their job in an effort to keep Flowood residents safe and to keep Flowood’s crime rate down. Before an individual can become an officer, he or she must score at least 50% on a physical fitness test based on age and gender. This test requires applicants to run 1.5 miles, perform trunk flex exercises and pushups, and complete an agility run.
Four (4) sergeants and four (4) corporals supervise these Flowood patrol officers. A special subdivision of the patrol unit is the traffic division. This division has only three (3) officers and one (1) sergeant. These officers drive around Flowood on motorcycles during their shifts. They also conduct traffic stops and handle traffic direction for special events like parades and funerals.
Something the citizens of Flowood also know is that their police department uses dogs in their canine unit in an effort to rid the city of crime. Three (3) dogs comprise the canine division of the Flowood police department. These animals help their handlers find drugs, people, and investigate buildings. The Criminal Investigations Division/Narcotics division utilizes these canine units as well. Detectives within the Criminal Investigations Division must conduct surveillance, gather evidence for trial, question suspects and other witnesses, write reports, and testify at trials. Flowood’s police department has two (2) school resource officers that are used to conduct investigations and handle crimes involving middle school or high school students in Flowood. These officers also direct traffic and escort the sports teams to events outside their campus.
Should you find yourself in a situation where you need to defend yourself against a DUI charge, call 601-948-1600 for a free consultation with one of our experienced DUI attorneys.