A high number of people accused of criminal offenses will plead guilty to the charges brought against them. They throw themselves on the mercy of the courts and try to deal with the consequences of a potentially lifelong criminal record.
Those accused of chemical impairment at the wheel tend to plead guilty in very high numbers. After all, the state often has video footage of them driving or failing a field sobriety test, as well as results from a chemical breath test. People think it would be impossible to prove their innocence and avoid conviction.
How do those accused of driving under the influence (DUI) defend against those charges?
1. They question test results
Was there a medical explanation for your performance on the field sobriety test or possibly a medication you take that may have caused you to fail a breast test? You could very well have a reasonable explanation for why you failed a breath test. You could also challenge the accuracy of the testing unit or the way an officer performed field sobriety tests.
2. They challenge the traffic stop
Did the police officer not have a reason to pull you over in the first place? When an officer violates your rights by stopping you when they don’t have a justification for doing so, your lawyer may be able to prevent the courts from considering any evidence gathered during the traffic stop.
Rather than pleading guilty and risking lasting personal consequences stemming from criminal charges, proactively defending yourself may be the better option in your case. Learning about different defense strategies for DUI charges can help you determine the best option in your specific case.