It’s best to never drink and drive. Not only can this lead you to legal trouble, but it also increases your chance of being part of a motor vehicle accident that results in injury or death to you and/or others.
Unfortunately, people make mistakes that can have serious consequences. If you’re charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, it’s important to learn more about your legal rights and the steps you can take to defend yourself.
Here are some of the most commonly used DUI defense strategies:
- Improper stop: The arresting officer must have a reason to make the initial traffic stop. If you can prove that they didn’t, it can work in your favor in court.
- Inaccurate testing: It’s possible that a Breathalyzer test or field sobriety test could lead to inaccurate results. For example, if a Breathalyzer is not properly maintained and calibrated, it can generate inaccurate readouts. The same holds true if the officer did not properly explain how a particular field sobriety test works.
- Administration of blood test: This is when you focus on the actual administration of the blood test, with a focus on whether the evidence was mishandled in any way.
- Rising blood alcohol level: A lot is happening in your body when you consume alcohol. Your blood alcohol level could be below the legal limit when driving, but later increase. This defense strategy often works best when a long period of time elapses between the initial traffic stop and when your blood alcohol concentration level is measured.
Which DUI defense strategy is best?
There is no way of knowing which DUI defense strategy is best until you review the details of your arrest. This will help you better understand what makes the most sense for someone in your position.
It’s critical to understand that a DUI charge is not the same thing as a conviction. Just because you’re charged doesn’t mean the court will agree that you did something wrong. By using the right strategy, you’re hoping to avoid a conviction and the punishment that comes along with it.
Regardless of the circumstances of your DUI arrest, you have legal rights that you can protect by implementing the right strategy in court.