DUI charges can be beaten

Driving while under the influence of alcohol can lead to very serious charges being brought against you. If you have been accused of a DUI, one of the best things you can do is contact an attorney right away. The case against you starts being built the moment the police pull you over; building your defense as soon as possible is vital.

Too often individuals accept the charges brought against them without a second thought. They may do this because they want to put the experience behind them quickly, or because they think the evidence against them "looks bad". No matter how bad the situation may appear, it is always worth it to defend your rights.

How to defend against a DUI

There are several strategies a DUI defense attorney may employ when they argue your case. They will begin by gathering as much information as they possibly can on the events that led to you being pulled over, how the police officer interacted with you, the circumstances of your arrest and other important factors.

Law enforcement officers routinely disregard proper procedures when they stop individuals they suspect to have violated the law. One of the most common examples of this is when an officer improperly stops a suspected drunk driver. If they did not have probable cause to stop you, there is a good chance that your attorney will be able to have the charges against you dropped.

How the officer administered a field sobriety test or breathalyzer test may also be called into question. Field sobriety tests are often improperly administered. The horizonal gaze nystagmus (HGN), a test in which the officer watches how the suspect's eyes move, specifically is often challenged to great effect for the defendant.

Additionally, breathalyzers are notoriously temperamental. Most models must be rigorously maintained and carefully calibrated to give accurate readings. Most people do not realize how many individuals are convicted of a DUI because of a false positive or exaggerated BAC reading. Do not let yourself be counted among them.

These are among the most common defenses for a DUI allegation. Each situation is different, and your attorney will be able to find you the most effective defense for your arrest. Do not accept a charge simply because it is brought against you. Not defending yourself could lead losing your driver's license, heavy fines and possibly even incarceration. You have the right to be defended - use it.

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