If you have been accused of driving while impaired, it’s important that you take the steps you need to avoid a DUI. To protect yourself, it’s usually in your best interests to remain silent until you can speak with your attorney.
Once you’re accused of driving while impaired, whether that’s with alcohol or other substances, it’s time to look at your defensive options. There are many possible defenses that will depend on the specifics of your case. Some of the defenses to consider may include the following.
- It was an improper stop
The first defense that could work for you is if you show that the officer stopped you improperly. For example, if you were pulled over despite not breaking any laws, then you may be able to show that the officer did not have reasonable cause.
- You weren’t driving
Sometimes, it can be difficult to figure out who was driving in a DUI case. For example, if you get into a crash and you and the driver get out of the vehicle together, someone might claim that you were driving when it was really your sober friend who was behind the wheel.
Another scenario could include if you were sleeping in your vehicle’s passenger seat with the keys out of the vehicle when you were approached by the police. In that case, you could argue that you weren’t driving, even though you were inside your vehicle.
- The tests were performed incorrectly
Finally, there is the chance that the field sobriety tests, blood tests or Breathalyzer tests were performed inaccurately. If that’s the case, then it is possible that you could have the tests excluded from the case, which could help you get the charges dismissed.
There are many different kinds of DUI defenses that might work in your case, and these are just three that have been used by people in the past. It’s a good idea to get more information on defending yourself and to take action if you’ve been accused of driving while under the influence. You need to act quickly to protect your rights.