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What should people keep in mind while challenging a DUI charge?

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2024 | DUI

Driving under the influence, otherwise known as DUI, charges can have serious consequences. If people find themselves facing such charges, it is important that they understand their rights and options.

Challenging a DUI charge requires a strategic approach and attention to detail.

Know the law

First, individuals should check the laws surrounding DUI charges in the local area. Each state has its own set of regulations for driving under the influence. A person knowing the specific laws that apply to their case will help them navigate the process more effectively.

Gather evidence

Evidence plays a big role in challenging a DUI charge. People should collect any relevant information that could support their case, such as witness statements, video footage or documentation of sobriety tests. The more evidence they have, the stronger their defense will be.

Question probable cause

Police officers must have probable cause to stop a vehicle and administer a DUI test. If an individual believes that the officer unjustifiably stopped them based on faulty reasoning, it is important to raise this issue. Questioning the validity of the traffic stop may help.

Understand the accuracy of field sobriety tests

Field sobriety tests can gauge a driver’s level of impairment. These include the walk-and-turn or one-leg stand.

However, these tests are not always accurate. They can face influence from various factors, including weather conditions and medical conditions. People should think about the reliability of these tests if they believe officers administered these tests unfairly or incorrectly.

Learn more about blood alcohol concentration tests

The accuracy of blood alcohol concentration, also known as BAC, tests can also be a problem. Factors such as faulty equipment or poor administration can lead to inaccurate results. If there are doubts about the validity of a BAC test, individuals should keep that issue in mind.

Challenging a DUI charge can feel scary or overwhelming at first. However, by following some guidelines, people may potentially increase their chances of a favorable outcome.