If you are facing DUI charges for the first time, it’s likely that you’ll be worried about your future. Being convicted of a DUI can ruin your reputation in your community, affect your career and can limit your freedom since you’ll be without the ability to drive for a significant amount of time.

This is why it is important that you understand the different options you have to defend yourself. If you were pulled over by law enforcement officials before being asked to perform a Breathalyzer test, you may be able to defend yourself by arguing that the law enforcement officials did not have reasonable suspicion to pull you over. The following is an overview of what is meant by reasonable suspicion in DUI cases.

What is meant by reasonable suspicion?

Law enforcement officials cannot simply pull over a person for no reason or any reason at all. They must have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed in order to pull over a vehicle. Perhaps they witnessed you driving recklessly, or had reason to believe that you were speeding, for example. However, if there was no good reason to pull you over, you may be able to use this to your advantage.

Defending yourself by arguing that law enforcement officials did not have reasonable suspicion

If you believe that the officers had no cause to pull you over, you may be able to argue that they did not have grounds to do so, because they did not have reasonable suspicion. Additionally, you may even be able to suggest that the reason why they pulled you over was a discriminatory one, perhaps fuelled by racial bias, for example.

It’s important that you look into all of the possible defense options available if you are facing DUI charges. Bu doing so, you will have the best possible chance of successfully defending yourself and having charges dismissed.