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Ways to successfully fight a DWI charge

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2020 | DWI |

Fighting a DWI charge is an uphill battle if you go it alone. Do not go it alone. A skilled attorney can uncover many hidden facets surrounding your arrest and point out how you may be able to successfully fight the charge. You do not want a conviction on your record. It could mean incarceration, probation, fines and loss of your driver’s license.

The stigma of a DWI conviction also has lasting effects. You could lose your job, and friends may suddenly avoid you. Fighting the charge remains a logical option, potentially leading to a dismissal or reduced charges. Perhaps the arrest did not follow law enforcement protocol. Was it a rookie cop who failed in proper procedure? Was it an overzealous cop trying to prove something by arresting you?

Breathalyzers often inaccurate

Faced with a conviction and loss of personal and professional reputations, you must understand that certain legal options are available to you. Here are some things that work in your favor when fighting a DWI charge:

  • Probable cause: The arresting officer must have reasonable suspicion that you drove drunk in order to pull you over.
  • Breathalyzer tests: To operate these devices, a person needs to be properly trained. If a cop has little experience with breathalyzers, there is a chance for an inaccurate reading. Also, some of these devices can malfunction.
  • Health issues: Unusual behavior caused by health conditions sometimes lead to a driver’s arrest for drunk driving. People with diabetes, epilepsy, dementia or undiagnosed or early-stage amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may appear drunk.
  • Miranda rights: An arresting officer must read you the Miranda rights, declaring your rights against self-incrimination as well as in retaining legal representation.

A DWI arrest does not mean an automatic conviction. If the police failed to follow specific procedures or relied on dubious methods, then you may be able to beat this charge.