Even though you understand the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, there may come a time when you make a mistake. For example, you could lose track of how many drinks you've consumed. As a result, this increases the likelihood of being arrested for driving under the influence.
DUI charges should always be taken seriously. It doesn't matter if you're a first time offender or you've faced similar trouble in the past, nothing changes the fact that you need to implement a strategy that can help you avoid a conviction.
Here are some of the most commonly employed DUI defense strategies:
- Improper stop. An officer needs probable cause in order to make a traffic stop. You may be able to argue in court that this was not the case.
- Inaccurate administration of a field sobriety test. Just because an officer administers a field sobriety test doesn't mean that he or she is doing so in an accurate manner.
- Accuracy of a Breathalyzer test. A Breathalyzer is often used to determine if a person has too much alcohol in their system to drive. Just the same as a field sobriety test, it's possible that a Breathalyzer test may not be accurate, e.g., it hasn't been properly calibrated or maintained.
- Rising blood alcohol level. It's possible to argue that your blood alcohol level rose between the time you were pulled over and the time that you took a Breathalyzer test. This can happen when recently consumed alcohol begins to fully absorb into the body.
There is no way of knowing for sure which one of these DUI defense strategies will put you in the best position to avoid a conviction. This is why you need to learn more about each one, as well as considering all of your legal rights.
Once you have a clear idea of how the court system works, you can begin to tweak your approach with the idea of avoiding a conviction and putting your charges in the past once and for all. A sound understanding of your legal rights will ensure that you're doing whatever you can to protect yourself.