If you were arrested for drunk driving, you probably feel hopeless. Remember this: you can challenge DUI charges. You don't have to plead guilty; a skilled defense lawyer can fight for your rights. In fact, your chances of obtaining a favorable case outcome may be greater than you imagine.
Below, you will find information regarding DUI defense that could help your attorney fight the charges held against you.
1. Breath Tests Aren't Always Right
Breathalyzers (and other forms of chemical testing) aren't always accurate. In fact, numerous factors can offset the Breathalyzer reading. Your diet, the amount of food in your stomach, whether you use mouthwash, and many other factors could make the test mechanism register an unrealistically high blood alcohol concentration.
2. Field Sobriety Tests Aren't Fool-Proof
Like Breathalyzer tests, field sobriety testing isn't always accurate. A clumsy person could fail the "walk and turn," and various eye conditions can interfere with the results of the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (eye test). Conducting multiple tests can increase their accuracy, but no standardized field sobriety test method is 100% reliable.
3. Police Can't Pull You Over Without a Good Reason
In the United States, law enforcement must have probable cause to conduct a traffic stop or a DUI investigation. This means that a police officer cannot pull you over and ask you questions without some indication that you committed a crime. Weaving in and out of lanes or running a red light, for example, are viable reasons for police to pull you over.
If you were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, you have the right to an attorney. At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., we have many years of experience handling DUI cases. Call our office today for the effective and aggressive defense that you need.