If you’re pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, the officer will do whatever they can to get to the bottom of their suspicion. In addition to asking you questions, they may request that you take a field sobriety test and/or breathalyzer test.
The only good thing about a DUI arrest is that you’ve only been charged with a crime. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be convicted.
It’s important to implement the right DUI defense strategy, as a conviction can impact your life in many ways. This includes but is not limited to the following:
- Large fines and court fees
- Community service
- Driver’s license suspension
- Jail time
- Insurance premium increase or cancellation of your policy
- Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device
- Loss of scholarship (if you’re a college student)
- Job loss, such as if you drive for a living
All of these things could come into play in the event of a conviction. Furthermore, if you’ve already been convicted of DUI in the past, the penalties are even more severe.
What’s the best defense strategy?
This depends on the circumstances of your arrest and the types of charges.
For example, you may be able to successfully argue that the officer did not have probable cause to stop your vehicle. Just the same, you could point out that the field sobriety tests were not administered in a clear and accurate manner.
With a DUI conviction having the potential to impact your life in many ways, don’t hesitate to take every step you can to protect your legal rights.