It is never anyone’s plan to get pulled over and given a DUI. But, sometimes it does happen. And, if it happens to you, you need to know what to do and what to expect. You will probably have your license taken from you during the traffic stop, but that does not mean you will not be able to drive later. The key is to call for help as soon as you can, by contacting a skilled DUI defense attorney to handle your case.
Five things you need to know about DUI cases, so you will be prepared for how to handle your defense, include:
- You can only be given a DUI if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is over 0.08%. This determination is made by a blood or breath test, and you do have the chance to challenge certain test results as part of your defense.
- You can refuse to take the breath test, but there are consequences.
- The breath test is not always accurate. There are several factors that can impact the result, and you need to know if one of those factors exists in your case. The way to find this out is to do a thorough investigation, into the testing procedure and whether the machine was working properly when your test was administered. You should also be quick to point out any other substance in your system that might cause the test result to show you were driving while over the legal limit. Some examples include certain medications, both prescription and over the counter.
- If you received a DUI as a result of being stopped at a DUI checkpoint, the checkpoint must have been set up legally. If not, the stop may not be valid and thus the resulting charges against you should not stick.
- Certain driving patterns will result in traffic stops more frequently than others. If you are driving too fast, or even too slow, you might be pulled over. If you have been drinking and get pulled over, the officer might suspect you of DUI depending on certain physical characteristics such as bloodshot eyes or an odor of alcohol.
Most DUI cases can be resolved favorably. Call our office today to learn more. We will explain how the process works, so you know what to expect and can prepare yourself for what lies ahead.
For answers to your questions about DUI defense, call a competent criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for help. We offer representation for a wide range of offenses, call us to schedule an appointment.