When most people are pulled over on suspicion of DUI and asked to submit to a field sobriety test, they comply. Even after just a few drinks of alcohol, the test results will likely show the driver is over the legal limit, and the officer will make an arrest for DUI. With this kind of evidence to support the charge, many of those accused of DUI believe it is a foregone conclusion that a conviction will follow. But, there are effective defenses, and if you know what to expect when charged with DUI your case will seem less frightening.
Because a DUI conviction can mean loss of your license, and a spike in insurance rates, remember these three things when you “fail” the field sobriety test:
- Many factors contribute to the test result and each of these factors is subject to being attacked. For instance, you can challenge whether the test was administered properly, whether the testing equipment has been properly maintained, and whether the existence of other factors contributed to the test result.
- Any flaw in the testing process can lead to a dismissal of the charges against you, or at least a reduction of the charges.
- Careful negotiations can result in reaching favorable probationary terms. Common terms include attending DUI school, having an interlock device installed in your car, and not receiving any tickets for the entire term of your probation. Upon successful completion of probation, the charges are usually reduced to a lesser traffic offense. This keeps a harmful DUI conviction off your record, while at the same time allowing you to handle the case to completion.
The key is to remain calm, and contact a knowledgeable attorney for help. In order to expose any missteps in the testing process you must act quickly, especially since part of a DUI case is losing your license. You are under a very tight timeline to request a review of the license revocation, and if you miss the deadline you will not get another chance. Our DUI defense attorneys are skilled in seeking modified driving privileges, and developing a defense that is likely to keep you on the road. We offer an individualized approach, and fully analyze your case for the best possible defense available under the law.
If you have questions about DUI defense, call our office for answers. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.