Criminal DUI Hearing
During your criminal DUI case in court, be prepared for the prosecution to come at you with full force. The goal of the state it to take away your driver’s license, hit you with expensive fines, sign you up for community service and even send you to spend time behind bars. That’s why it’s important to hire a qualified DUI defense attorney. You want someone on your side to knock down the prosecution’s claims and convince the judge or jury that you are a responsible citizen.
How Can A DUI Defense Attorney Help?
Driving under the influence is obviously a serious crime and one that has gotten a lot of attention in the media and our society. However, like any other criminal case against a defendant, the prosecution must have proof of your illegal actions. They get proof by providing evidence to convince a judge or jury that you are guilty. But they can’t prove you are guilty if evidence cannot be introduced in court. That is the job of your attorney.
When your attorney is reviewing the facts surrounding your case, he or she will look for any holes in the prosecution’s claims. For example, the police officer cannot stop you without a legal reason. If you happen to be a minority, perhaps the officer pulled you over based on his or her own prejudice. If your attorney finds that the officer did not have a legal reason to stop your vehicle, then the evidence against you may be left out of the courtroom.
Suppressing Evidence Against You
You also have a right to privacy in your vehicle, so if the officer conducted an illegal search and found drugs hidden in your car, that evidence may also be suppressed. Your attorney will also review your chemical test results and whether or not the officer had adequate training to administer the breath test. There have also been cases where the breath test machine was not working properly and gave an inaccurate reading, making it appear that the driver was over the legal blood alcohol content limit.
So before you think you can’t win your case, contact an experienced DUI defense attorney. There are many chances to refute the evidence against you.
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