If you are facing DUI charges, you may have probably resigned to fate, especially if the evidence against you is overwhelming. You could have failed both the breathalyzer and field sobriety tests, but that does not mean that you should sit back and let everything run its course.
You could lose a lot upon conviction, including your job or even your reputation. Coupled with possible jail time and fines, it is necessary that you go against these charges. But how do you navigate such a watertight case?
Field sobriety tests are not always accurate, and neither are breathalyzer tests. Existing medical conditions and improperly administered tests are among the various instances where the findings in either of these tests may be inaccurate. Challenging such key pieces of evidence may poke holes in the prosecution’s case. It may even cast doubts over your intoxication as presented before the court, and since the burden of proof lies with the prosecution, your case may not hold.
It is one thing to have damning evidence and another to prove its legality. For instance, if the evidence against you was acquired from an unlawful traffic stop, it may not be admissible in court. In addition, if you made any self-incriminating statements at the time of your arrest without being informed of your rights by law enforcement, your statements may not be considered legal evidence either.
It is important to take everything seriously and avoid a conviction at all costs. Keep in mind that you may need to look at other aspects of a DUI defense when laying down your strategy. Ultimately, the decisions you make along the way in your case will determine the outcome.