Everyone who is accused of a crime deserves a defense, and that includes people who have been accused of drunk driving. With the help of a skilled defense lawyer, you can defend yourself against DUI charges, and protect your license, your freedom and your future.
There are many possible strategies for criminal defense. If you are accused of drunk driving, a defense lawyer will listen to your story and advise you on your best options for defense strategies, based upon the exact circumstances of your case and the particular charges against you.
Some of the most common DUI defense strategies fall under the general categories of improper stop and improper administration.
Improper stop refers to problems with the initial arrest. If the police exceeded their authority in arresting you, a court may find that they infringed on your constitutional rights, and any evidence they collected during the arrest must be suppressed from your trial. A defense based upon improper stop questions whether police acted lawfully when they detained and arrested you.
Improper administration refers to a broad category of defenses involving the way the authorities collected evidence against you. For instance, the prosecution’s case may rest largely on the results of a breath alcohol test. Your lawyer may question whether the breath testing machine was accurate, or whether the police used it properly. If you can show problems in the administration of evidence, you can give the jury a reasonable doubt about the government’s case against you.
Remember that the prosecution will use every bit of evidence against you it can. Talk to a defense lawyer as early in the process as you can. If at all possible, talk to a lawyer before you talk to police.