Drunk driving charges may seem trivial, but they are not. There is a lot at stake if you are found guilty, and you may feel the effects of your conviction even years after the fact.
Therefore, if you are charged with DWI, avoiding a guilty verdict should be your main objective. It can only be done if you successfully go against your charges.
Every DWI case is different, and you should tailor your defense to the circumstances of your case. Here are some of the options you have.
Challenging the traffic stop
If the police pulled you over without valid legal reasons, it is against the law. Any evidence obtained thereof may be inadmissible in court. The constitution protects you from random searches by the police, and an illegal stop violates your rights.
Disputing the accuracy of sobriety tests
After pulling you over, the police may instruct you to do field sobriety tests before administering a breath test. The results from these tests are used to determine your alcohol levels, and in most cases, they form part of the evidence against you.
However, there are instances when these sobriety tests deliver inaccurate results. If there were any such contributing factors in your case, you can challenge the accuracy of the sobriety tests.
You were not made aware of your rights
While the police do not have to inform you of your rights after a DUI arrest, they are supposed to read you your rights before any formal interrogation begins. If you are not made aware of your rights and end up making self-incriminating statements, they may not be used against you in court.
Your best bet
In essence, there is no best defense against DWI charges. Everything depends on the facts of your case, which is why you should explore every minor detail of your DWI when planning your defense strategy.