2 ways to challenge a DUI

On Behalf of | Nov 2, 2022 | DUI

If the police arrest you for driving under the influence (DUI), it’s important to realize its seriousness. This is not some minor traffic ticket. It is a criminal offense, and if convicted, you will receive a criminal record.

That can bring serious disadvantages when searching for employment, housing or even education. On top of that, you will need to deal with whatever penalties the judge hands you.

Fortunately, there are many defense options available for DUI offenses. Here are some to consider:

The test readings were wrong

If the police cannot show that their breath testing machine was accurate, a court might dismiss the evidence it provides. These machines do not read correctly forever. They need regular maintenance and calibration.

Field sobriety tests are even more susceptible to incorrect results as a lot depends on the police officer’s subjective interpretation of how you performed. It’s an interaction between two humans, as opposed to a breath test which is an interaction between a human and a machine.

The police had no reason to stop you in the first place

The police might claim they had a good reason to pull you over, but with legal help, you may be able to cast doubt on the validity of their claim.  You can do the same regarding the arrest. In both cases, officers must meet certain legal standards to move forward.

Those are just two of the general reasons people have used to successfully challenge a DUI in the past. With legal help, you can explore if one of them could help you and build a defense argument around it.