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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.

No appreciation for the good guys anymore

Tell me if this is fair. My friend is facing assault charges for standing up for a woman.

He was at a bar with some friends (me included), and we all saw this guy harassing this lady. At first, it was a little pathetic, and it made for some fun entertainment watching him flub around trying to pick her up. He was full of bad pickup lines and really bad jokes, and she could really roll her eyes.

The night went on, we lost track of the two of them, but a few hours later, outside the bar, we saw the guy getting a little aggressive with his game. He was getting a little handsy when she clearly didn’t like it, and there was just something about him that suggested he wasn’t going to let it go.

The rest of us, shamefully, were going to just leave them alone. Looking back now, I don’t know why that is, perhaps we all just don’t like conflict. Amazingly, it was my friend, who’s the quietest of us, who went up and did something.

The rest of the story tells itself. The guy got offended. He got mouthy. My friend pushed him to get him to go away. The guy tripped and hit his head. Police got called. My friend got arrested.

Now, he needs a lawyer to defend him so he won’t go to jail or something just for being a decent person.

What kind of country are we living in where the guy who saves a girl from some harasser is the one dealing with charges?

I’m hoping the girl feels the same way and tells the police what’s up. I’ve tried to speak up, and I gave a statement, but I didn’t get the impression the guy taking it was particularly interested. I suppose friends come in and defend the actions of their friends all the time.

It’s a real nightmare, though. My friend was supposed to be going off on a big trip in another week, hence the night out, but all that’s been canceled now so he can stay here and take care of legal fees.

I tell you, this is what comes from trying to be a good Samaritan. You stick up for people, and the system sticks you.

Perhaps I’m being too cynical. Maybe it’ll all work out okay, and he’ll get a parade at the end of this. It’d have to be something like that to turn this into a happy ending after all the pain he’s been through.

Imagine, he spent the whole night in a jail cell, and I haven’t heard one thing about that harasser dude who appears to have gotten off scot-free.

What a world, right?