When you are pulled over and arrested for a DUI, life changes in a flash. Suddenly, you’re facing fines, jail time, a permanent criminal record, and the ruination of your reputation. Many people believe that if the officer says they are drunk, they have little recourse. The truth is, there are many ways to defend against a DUI charge.
Challenging Field Sobriety Tests
Field sobriety testing is not mandatory nor is it reliable. However, a police officer about to make an arrest isn’t going to say you can legally refuse field sobriety tests. Even sober people fail these tests regularly. In fact, they provide no tangible proof of intoxication. There may be other reasons for poor performance on these tests. You could fail due to medical conditions and fatigue. Therefore, your attorney may challenge the validity of field sobriety tests if they are a part of your case.
Challenging Breathalyzer Tests
While a breathalyzer test is more accurate than field sobriety tests, they’re not foolproof. They must be calibrated and properly maintained. The test must be administered according to a set of regulations. Your attorney will explore the possibility that the equipment was faulty or the test was not administered properly.
Challenging Probable Cause to Pull You Over
Typically, a DUI case is dismissed if it is proven that the arresting officer had no probable cause to pull over the driver. If you weren’t breaking any traffic laws, your taillights and headlights were working properly, your tags were up to date, and you weren’t otherwise driving erratically, the officer may not have had reasonable ground to pull you over. In fact, if that’s the case, you may be able to have the charges against you dropped entirely.
Contact T. Martin Knopes, P.A. to learn more about DUI defenses. Learn how an attorney can help you protect your legal rights and your future with a zealous defense. Trust that Attorney Knopes puts your best interests first and will fight aggressively to dismiss your case or reduce the charges. Call now for a consultation to discuss your case and map out a plan of action at (850) 683-0700.