When people have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), they may assume that they have zero options. This is especially true if their failed their breath alcohol tests or field sobriety tests. However, the truth is that all people are innocent until proven guilty and that there are many DUI defenses. Some of these defenses are detailed below:
§ Faulty administration of breath tests. Sometimes, when law enforcement pull people over for DUI and ask them to take breath tests, they may administer tests incorrectly. When this happens the results of the tests may not be accurate and can impact the outcome of people's cases.
§ Field sobriety tests are prone to errors. There are numerous defenses that can be used to contest FSTs, including poor weather conditions or even poor instruction from officers.
§ Lack of probable cause. In order for police to make a DUI stop, they must have sufficient probable cause. If they do not have sufficient probable cause, the DUI stop may be deemed illegal.
If you would like to learn more about possible DUI defenses, contact Okabe & Haushalter to speak with a South Bay DUI defense lawyer.