You Can Defend Yourself Against a DUI

When someone gets pulled over and the police mention the potential for a DUI, many will assume their lives are over. DUI charges can bring with them very significant penalties, including the suspension of a driver’s license, not to mention the social stigma after the arrest.

However, many don’t realize that they don’t have to accept the charge. They can fight it, and often, they can beat it.

There are a lot of ways you can contest your DUI charge. This isn’t just sophistry either; there are plenty of legitimate legal issues with how the police judge someone to be intoxicated. Lassiter Criminal Defense in Dallas lays out a lot of great defense options. Some of those include:

  • Questioning the reading from the breathalyzer, since they can have many problems that lead to invalid results
  • You may have had “rising blood alcohol” which put you over the limit only after you stopped driving, not while you were driving
  • The police didn’t have probable cause to stop you
  • The police behaved inappropriately during the DUI testing process
  • The physical signs the police used to judge you over the limit may not be related to your blood alcohol limit (for instance, red eyes or difficulty speaking may be related to other issues)
  • The field sobriety test was judged by a subjective officer, who you believe misjudged you
  • The field sobriety test was improperly administered
  • Your poor driving was unrelated to your blood alcohol level, and so you shouldn’t be charged with DUI

These defenses are very nuanced, and it should be stated plainly that if you want to try them, you should get a lawyer that will argue them for you. Without a lawyer (and their knowledge of the law and experience building legal arguments), you’re likely to have many of these arguments thrown out.

However, with a lawyer by your side, you may very well find that it is possible to beat a DUI charge. Mistakes are made every day when the police pull people over. They can cut corners and make bad choices just like any professional. If you pay close attention and report exactly what happened to your lawyer, it’s very possible that there is a way to build a defense that forces charges to be dropped or at least bargained down to a bare minimum penalty.

Again, it can seem, after the event, like your life is over when you get a DUI charge, but it is very possible that such a charge can be fought and fought successfully. It may be possible to avoid most fines and keep your license. All it takes is the willingness to fight and finding a lawyer that can use the facts of your case to your advantage.

This is true whether this is your first charge or your fifth. With a lawyer that will fight hard for you and a creative and close look at the facts, you can get back to your life without the drastic consequences that come from a conviction.