Many of us have been there. We are driving around, and the dreaded lights and siren show up in our rearview mirror. You feel a pit of despair in your stomach and wonder how your life may change. Texas takes drunk driving seriously and those who are convicted face serious penalties, including jail time. An attorney can offer you some defense strategies that may help lessen or even remove these serious charges.
The following are some common DUI defense strategies:
- The stop was improper. Police officers cannot stop citizens without probable cause. In the context of a traffic stop, if you are not speeding, swerving, or breaking other traffic laws you cannot be pulled over. Your attorney may argue that the stop was not legal and no evidence is admissible.
- You have a medical condition. There are certain medical conditions that can make a person appear drunk or incoherent. The scent of alcohol may be present in those who have diabetes. Or those who have certain stomach conditions can regurgitate alcohol leading to a higher level of alcohol in their mouth.
- The field test was not properly administered. If an officer did not adhere to the sobriety field test protocols, it may result in the suppression of evidence gathered during these tests.
You have the right to fight drunk driving charges. A legal professional who is skilled in criminal defense can help you understand what your options can be when you are facing drunk driving charges and some defense strategies that may help you. They can analyze the situation you are legally facing and find weaknesses in the case. These may include whether the officer had a reasonable suspicion to pull you over and if sobriety tests, breath tests and blood tests were administered properly. They will do everything they can to reduce or dismiss the charges against you.