DUI Defenses

DUI Defenses
If you are arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), it is important to remember that you are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Fortunately, there are many DUI defenses that can be used to challenge the evidence against you and improve your chances of avoiding a drunk driving conviction.

One of the best tactics for challenging a DUI conviction is proving that the officer had no reason to arrest you for the offense. In order to prove you are guilty of the offense, the officer must first establish that he or she had a reason to stop your vehicle—such as speeding, running a red light, or other traffic violation, for instance. In addition, he or she must also provide a valid reason for suspecting you were under the influence of alcohol.

Therefore, if there was no valid reason for the officer to pull you over, everything that happened afterward is irrelevant since you were stopped illegally. Likewise, if the officer did not see something that would lead a reasonable person to believe you were under the influence of alcohol (such as smelling alcohol on your breath, for example), much of the evidence against you may be dismissed in court.

Rising blood alcohol content (BAC) is yet another defense strategy that can be used to fight your arrest. Across the United States, drivers are prohibited from operating a vehicle with a BAC of 0.08% or higher. However, this law requires you to have an illegal BAC at the time you are driving, not at the time your BAC is tested.

Since alcohol takes time to process through your system, it is possible for someone to have a legal amount of alcohol in their system while driving, but have an illegal BAC by the time the test is administered. This defense typically works best if a substantial amount of time passed between your initial traffic stop and your breath test.

Finally, if you were stopped during a DUI roadblock, you may be able to challenge the constitutionality of your arrest. Unlike typical DUI arrests, an arrest made during a roadblock occurs after a driver is stopped in a roadside safety check. Because drivers are stopped randomly, you may be able to argue that the officer lacked probable cause to suspect you were driving under the influence.

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