When you are facing DUI charges, it can seem like an uphill battle to clear your name, especially if police seem to have a mountain of evidence against you. The good news is, however, that there are a number of different DUI defense strategies that could be used in your case (depending on the specifics of the arrest and the incident, of course). These are DUI defense strategies that work.
Here is a look at some DUI defense strategies that may be effective at getting evidence against the accused thrown out of court and/or getting the charges dismissed.
In this three-part blog, we will highlight some of the most effective DUI defense strategies that may help:
- Get evidence against you thrown out of court.
- Get the drunk driving charges against you dismissed.
- Help you resolve your DUI case as beneficially as possible.
If you are ready to receive some specific advice regarding your DUI case, the Birmingham DUI attorneys at Joe Reed & Associates, LLC are ready to meet with you.
DUI Defense Strategy 1 – Police didn’t have probable cause to pull over your vehicle.
While police officers do have a lot of discretion when it comes to detaining people suspected of breaking the law, there must be probable cause in order for cops to have the legal authority to pull people over for allegedly driving while intoxicated. This means that, if you were obeying the speed limit, didn’t run a red light and were otherwise obeying all traffic laws, there may not have even been a reason for police to pull you over in the first place.
When there is no probable cause in a case, it may be possible to argue that DUI charges should be dismissed, as police didn’t have a right to pull over the driver.
DUI Defense Strategy 2 – A DUI checkpoint wasn’t legally conducted.
In some cases, DUI arrests and charges arise from sobriety checkpoints, during which police stop drivers, ask them questions and potentially request that they participate in field sobriety/BAC testing. While sobriety checkpoints can be traps for drunk drivers, there are a number of very specific rules that law enforcement officials must follow when setting up and running these checkpoints.
For example, police must have an unbiased method of stopping vehicles; in other words, they can’t simply stop a driver based on the driver’s looks if the stop doesn’t fit within the set guidelines for stopping vehicles.
If police fail to comply with any of the laws regarding running sobriety checkpoints, any of the DUI arrests or charges coming out of this illegal checkpoint may be invalidated.
Look for the additional parts of this blog for more DUI defense strategies that can be effective in your case.
Montgomery and Birmingham DUI Attorneys at Joe Reed & Associates, LLC
After being charged with drunk driving, you can count on the Montgomery and Birmingham DUI lawyers at Joe Reed & Associates, LLC to aggressively defend your rights.
For more than 16 years, we have been dedicated to the pursuit of justice in every case we oversee, and our experience, dedication and extensive knowledge of the law makes us effective at helping our clients obtain the best possible outcomes to their cases.
To set up an initial consultation and learn more about your rights, call us at 334-834-2000, or email us using the contact form at the top of this page. Evening and weekend appointments are available for your convenience.