The type of defense you use for a criminal charge depends on the case. Your defense strategy also depends on whether this is your first offense, or if you are a repeat offender. An effective defense focuses on the specific facts of your case and is tailor made to fit your needs. Most cases involve a good mix of common defenses along with taking into consideration the unique facts of your case.
It is helpful to know that Florida lawdefines DWI as driving a vehicle with a BAC of 0.08% or higher. It is also helpful to know what the authorities are looking for when they pull you over on suspicion of DUI. If you are observed doing any of the following, the likelihood you will be pulled over and tested are high:
- Driving significantly over, or under, the posted speed limit
- Disregarding traffic signs and lights
- Going the wrong way on a one way street
- Driving without your headlights on
- Changing lanes frequently and erratically
When you exhibit any of these behaviors or any other behavior that is outside the norm for safe driving the police will suspect you of driving under the influence. If you are pulled over you will likely be given a field sobriety test and if the results show a BAC over the legal limit you can be charged with DUI. The experience is scary and confusing, but can be successfully defended. Attacking the validity of the stop and the test results are common defense tactics. If the stop was improper, the test results should not be used against you. Likewise, if the test was not administered properly or the testing equipment was faulty, the test results are not reliable. We know where to look for holes in the prosecution’s case and have helped countless individuals charged with DUI. Let us help you too! For more information, follow us on social media.
You can also contact our office if you have questions about DUI’s. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We aggressively defend you and work to maintain your driving privileges. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.