One thing that many DUI defendants fail to understand is that they have the right to defend themselves against the charges they face. Often, they also believe that any effort they make to mount a defense will be unsuccessful. Your journey through the Oklahoma system of justice works best when you understand that success is a real possibility. Therefore, it is critical to begin this journey will hope instead of fatalism.
Although the state fights to prosecute those accused of DUI, several defenses are available to help your case. Three of the most effective defenses include:
Lack of probable cause: The authorities must have a good reason to pull you over such as swerving or driving too slowly. In many cases, you can show the court that the arresting officer did not have probable cause to stop your vehicle.
Administration errors: Police rely on several field sobriety tests to help them identify a driver’s level of intoxication. If they fail to administer these tests properly, you may overcome the charges against you.
Post-arrest testing errors: After the initial arrest, the police will continue determining if you are too intoxicated to drive. This usually means performing a standard Breathalyzer test or a blood test. If these tests are administered poorly or if the equipment is not in proper condition, this defense can help you prevail.
Instead of assuming sobriety tests will automatically lead to a DUI conviction, consider fighting against the charges you face. Success will protect your driving privileges, keep your record clean and allow you to resume your normal way of life. An attorney experienced with DUI cases can help you build a successful defense.