Being accused of drinking and driving is frightening, and the legal repercussions can be confusing. All states have different DUI laws, and few people are aware of them all. If you have been arrested on a DUI charge, your first step should be to contact your attorney. You need someone to inform you of your rights and explain how to proceed from there. Here are some important facts you should know about fighting DUI charges:
Never confuse a DUI arrest with a DUI conviction.
Countless people are acquitted of their DUI charges. Officers make mistakes, and prosecutors' cases are often riddled with holes. Don't assume that because you are being charged, your only move is to plead guilty and accept the maximum penalties.
The validity of your DUI charge rests on the validity of your arrest, and your attorney can challenge it.
A police officer can't stop you without a valid reason, such as speeding, reckless driving, or other common signs of intoxication. If you can demonstrate that the officer's reason doesn't hold up, the entire case may be dismissed.
If you are asked to take a sobriety test or blow into a breathalyzer, your DUI attorney may be able to challenge the results. Sobriety tests are often performed under poor conditions, and breathalyzers often give inaccurate or questionable results.
There are many other ways to challenge the prosecutor's case against you. If the officer did not read you your Miranda rights, for example, the prosecution may not be able to utilize all of the evidence from the scene of the arrest. If your arrest was recorded by the police dash camera, you can use the footage to challenge any discrepancies in the officer's testimony.
When you need a DUI attorney, don't settle for less than the best. Amy Morell is a DUI lawyer with more than 18 years of experience working on DUI and DWI cases. Visit our website to set up a free consultation or call us at (877) 366-9440