Are you facing criminal charges related to drunk driving? Are you unsure of how to move forward and get on with your life? You may wonder if it’s simply easier to plead guilty and face the consequences, but this is not always the best approach for a DUI case. There are times when it is appropriate and necessary to confront a drunk driving charge and fight the allegations brought by the prosecution.
There are ways to defend yourself against a DUI charge. You may assume that your case is straightforward and there is little you can do at this point, but your future is worth defending. A careful assessment of your case can reveal the specific defense options available to you, allowing you to fight back, challenge the evidence and possibly mitigate the potential penalties you are facing.
What defense strategies are available?
Defending yourself against drunk driving charges begins by taking a careful look at the case against you, starting with the initial traffic stop. Regardless of the laws you were allegedly breaking, you still have rights, and police must follow specific procedures when pulling a suspected drunk driver over. Violations of your rights, improper procedures and other problems could compromise the case against you.
You are entitled to a defense strategy tailored to your needs and the details of your individual situation. There is no cookie-cutter approach to defending yourself against these types of charges, but some of the following could help you determine the right direction for your defense:
- There was a problem with the initial traffic stop, or there was lack of probable cause to pull you over.
- Police did not properly administer the field sobriety tests, resulting in inaccurate results.
- There was a problem with the Breathalyzer device, and your BAC results were not accurate.
- Law enforcement did not handle the blood or urine sample you gave for BAC testing according to the proper chain of custody.
Where should you start?
If you are not sure how to fight the DUI charges against you, it will be helpful to start by seeking a complete assessment of your case with an experienced Georgia criminal defense attorney. This can reveal the defense options available and help you understand what steps you can take to defend your future interests, avoid jail time and keep your criminal record clean.