When Is It Worth It To Fight My DUI?

Everyone who is arrested for a DUI must ask themselves: “Should I fight this DUI?” This decision will affect the rest of your life and should be carefully considered. The decision to make a plea or go to trial depends on several factors that are unique to each person and situation.

Did I have physical control of the car?

The first thing the prosecution must prove is that you were driving or had physical control of the vehicle at the time of the DUI arrest. If you had a normal experience of getting pulled over while driving, then this will be easy for the prosecutor to prove.

If you were involved in an accident, however, it may not be clear to the police who was driving because they showed up after the accident. Other circumstances that bolster your DUI case are multiple passengers, the owner of car is not who was charged with the DUI, and the keys are in ignition and not in anyone’s possession.

How Close to .08% Was Your BAC?

The prosecutor must prove you were over the legal limit when you were actually driving, not when the police got around to administering the chemical test. The closer you BAC was to .08%, the better your chances are of a successful result at DUI trial.

You usually take a breath, blood, or urine test anywhere from 30 min. to several hours after your DUI arrest. A person’s BAC rises and falls in the body. What if you drank a significant amount of alcohol shortly before you got into your car to drive? Your DUI attorney can argue that the alcohol did not have enough time to enter your blood stream to cause impairment while you were driving. You may have been over .08% at the time of the chemical test; but, there could be reasonable doubt whether your BAC was over .08% when you were actually driving.

Was the Breath Test accurately administered?

The breath test is subject to all kinds of challenges. The hand-held machine that police use on the streets is notoriously unreliable. There was a study conducted in Florida that showed that as many as 40% of breath test results were inaccurate.

The police do use a much more accurate machine at the police station, but if there were discrepancies between these two tests, this would show a weakness in the State’s case.

Were proper procedures followed for the DUI arrest?

Depending on your state, police are required to follow certain procedures when they administer chemical tests. For a blood test, did they clean the area with a non-alcoholic swab? For a breath test, did the police give you a fifteen minute observation period before they administered the DUI chemical test? Are the hand-held breath machines properly calibrated twice per week? Your DUI attorney knows all of the approved procedures and can challenge the validity of the DUI chemical test results if the police failed to administer the chemical test properly.

Should you plead guilty or risk taking your DUI case to trial? The honest answer is that it depends on the circumstances surrounding your DUI arrest. You should consult with an experienced DUI attorney in your area. He can look at your DUI arrest and tell you the best course of action for you and your future

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Beth L. is a content developer for LeadRival, a cutting edge company that helps connect DUI lawyers with DUI clients. Beth L. writes about a variety of DUI topics to help drivers who have been arrested for DUI, getting them the legal help they need.

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