In the last ten years, the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs have become increasingly severe. Additionally, recent changes in the law make it even harder for drivers to obtain a restricted right to drive after a DUI arrest. Even worse, many first-time offenders are being charged with a much more severe felony instead of a misdemeanor, sometimes for simply having failed to renew an otherwise valid license.
As your attorney, I will carefully examine the facts of your case to make sure that law enforcement has followed proper procedures. When a client is arrested for DUI, I examine a variety of factors:
•Did probable cause exist for the stop?
•Who saw the defendant driving the car?
•What field sobriety tests were performed?
•Were there any breathalyzer, lab or blood tests?
•Were these tests properly performed?
•What were the results and how accurate are they?
While the courts often find breathalyzer and blood evidence very convincing, there are literally dozens of issues that can taint these results.
Besides alcohol-related arrests, more people are finding themselves charged with DUI after taking their otherwise legal prescription medications. Often, the driver was not even aware that the medication was putting them at risk for this offense. I have helped many clients get this type of charge dismissed.
If you are charged with a DUI, the most important step to protecting your rights and improving your chances for an acquittal is to consult an attorney immediately. When there is no probable cause for the stop, I can help get the case dismissed, or I can prepare you to get the best results for your circumstances from a court-required alcohol evaluation.
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