A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) will get you a criminal record, and that can have a massive effect on your future. DUIs can also work out expensive in the short term due to fines, increased insurance premiums and other factors.
Hence, if you face a charge, you should do all you can to fight it. Here are some possible ways to do that:
Challenge the initial stop
Why did the police ask you to pull over? They need what is known as reasonable suspicion to do so unless they stop you at a sobriety checkpoint.
Challenge the test accuracy
While the police tests for alcohol are pretty accurate, they are not infallible. If they were administered incorrectly, if the machine lacked calibration or if the blood sample results were mixed up, you could appear to have been over the limit when you were not.
Even if everything was correct with the test, there might be factors that caused your blood level to read high despite not having drunk much alcohol – for instance, certain medications.
Challenge the arrest
Did the police respect your rights during and after the stop and arrest? They might not have done, but if you are like most people, you probably wouldn’t know that because you do not understand your rights.
Getting legal help is essential when arrested for a DUI. You can then work through everything that happened to see what the best line of defense may be. What’s more, having someone explain your rights to you can help you avoid mistakes that worsen your cause.