When charged with a DUI you must be prepared to answer a lot of questions from your DUI lawyer. The questions that you cannot answer, the lawyer will work to find answers to. So, what will your DUI lawyer want to know to help get the charges dismissed or reduced?
What reasons did the arresting officer have for pulling you over?
A police officer cannot pull you over simply because he or she felt like it. There has to be just cause to pull any driver over at any given time. Now, these reasons can be something as small as a taillight that is out or not stopping for an entire three seconds at a stop sign. So, why did the officer pull you over?
If the officer had no just cause for pulling you over, your lawyer can work with that to help get your charges reduced or dismissed.
Did the arresting officer perform a field sobriety test?
Field sobriety testing is not faultless. Some say that these tests are designed for you to fail. Failing this series of tests doesn't prove that you are intoxicated; rather, it gives the officer cause to take you to the station or hospital for blood, urine or breath tests to prove your blood alcohol level. But, if you fail these tests, it could give the state more evidence that can be used to convict you of the DUI.
Your lawyer needs to know when and where these tests were given and what you think the results were. He can then check the arrest records to see what the officer's determination was following the test.
Tip: For future reference, it is OK to decline to take the field sobriety tests without suffering any legal consequences.
How was the blood, urine or breath test given?
Were you taken to the hospital or given the test at the police station? How many officers were present when the test was given? There are very strict regulations in place that must be followed to the letter for a blood alcohol test to hold up in court. If these regulations were not followed, your attorney could work to have the results of the alcohol test thrown out in court.
If you are being charged with a DUI, contact a DUI lawyer from a firm like Bommarito Law Firm immediately. You may not get the charges dropped completely, but you could get them reduced to a lesser crime that would keep you out of jail.