As a resident of Virginia who is currently facing DUI-related charges, you may be wondering if anything can be done to contest them. Mark B. Arthur, attorney at law, will explain the types of police evidence that are most often challenged.
The first is your breath analysis test results. These devices may seem like a fool-proof tool, but in reality, there is still plenty of room for error. For example, breath tests need to be calibrated by hand and maintained properly. The maintenance logs can be checked to ensure that the devices are running as they should be. Even if they are in top condition, the officer may not have known the proper way to use it. You may have even taken something that interferes with the device’s results, such as a cough syrup or breath fresheners with alcohol in them.
The stop itself can also be challenged. Police need a reason to stop you. They can’t pull you over based on a simple hunch. Without a reason such as speeding, failing to follow traffic signs or so on, the stop that’s made may not be valid.
Finally, you can challenge field sobriety tests. The standardized tests still have a lot of room for error, especially if you suffer from medical conditions or other issues outside of your control that can affect your ability to complete physical tasks.
If you would like to read more about the different ways that you can fight your DUI charge, please take a look at our web page here. Having more information will allow you to face your case as well-prepared as possible.