Being charged and convicted of a DUI can lead to severe consequences. For instance, you might see an increase in your auto insurance rates and you might lose your right to drive. If you are on a tight budget, even a minor increase in your monthly expenses can throw your finances off track and if you are not able to drive the problem is only compounded because you might not be able to get work on time. This combination of possibilities can be hard to mentally digest, but the sooner you accept what might happen, the quicker you can develop a defense. One effective defense strategy is to try and get the charges against you reduced, so the impact of the charges against you goes down.
Three DUI defense tactics that might lead to a reduction in the charges include:
- Developing the evidence in your case fully, to show the prosecution that the charges are too severe. Being able to use this type of defense strategy depends on the facts of your case, and works best when the facts are clear that the stop, the breath test, or some other legal aspect of your case contains an error.
- Negotiate with the prosecution for a reduced charge in exchange for going on probation. This will require you to abide by certain rules and regulations for the entire time of your probation, and if you are able to do this the State will reduce the charges at the end of your probationary term.
- Challenge the test results, the way the test was administered, or provide credible evidence of another source for the test result. Sometimes certain medical conditions or prescriptions can give off a false positive.
There may be other strategies that work for you, and depending on the facts of your case it will take some time to develop a strategy that fits. But, together with our office we will investigate your case and use a strategy that works. We understand how hard it can be to face DUI charges, and we work hard to make sure you are put at ease and are satisfied with the results.
If you have questions about DUI cases, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for answers. Your first visit is a free consultation and we work with you to reach results that fit your needs.