Your criminal defense options after a DUI arrest

On Behalf of | Apr 2, 2024 | Criminal Law |

At some point in life, almost everyone has made a mistake or a bad decision. Unfortunately, when these instances involve driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, the potential ramifications of a conviction could be life-altering. This can create an especially challenging and stressful time for first-time offenders and college students here in Alabama who may not know where to turn for help or realize they have certain legal rights in spite of the seriousness of their charges.

If you are suddenly facing formal DUI accusations, you have the right to take advantage of the professional help and support readily available to you during these trying times. You are also entitled to explore all potential legal options, including any possibility of a plea deal that could result in a significant reduction in your charges. Last but not least, you have the right to build the best possible criminal defense strategy for your unique circumstances should your case go to trial.

Common DUI defenses

There are many different defenses implemented in cases where an individual faces charges for driving under the influence of alcohol. Some of the most common of these include the following:

  • There was an issue with the manner in which law enforcement conducted a field sobriety test.
  • The arresting officer did not have probable cause or a justifiable reason to make the initial traffic stop.
  • There were flaws with the Breathalyzer test.
  • The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of the accused was initially below the legal limit, but then it rose during the time between the traffic stop and the Breathalyzer test.
  • Tampering or mishandling of a blood test occurred.
  • The accused made an honest mistake and was unknowingly under the influence of a prescription medication.

Determining the most adequate criminal defense against the prosecution’s case could prove invaluable since a conviction for DUI can result in substantial fines, jail time, and the loss of your driving privileges along with the ability to find employment. Fortunately, an experienced Alabama criminal defense attorney can carefully guide you through these challenging times. A savvy attorney will ensure all your rights are protected, thoroughly analyze any evidence the prosecution presents against you and can increase your odds of achieving the most favorable outcome possible.


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