It happened. You were out driving around town when a police officer pulled you over. At the end of the traffic stop, you found yourself being arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In Florida, a DUI can be a serious offense, but the good news is, you may be able to fight it.
Question the officer’s actions/motives
For a police officer to pull you over for suspected DUI, he or she needs to have probable cause. If the officer saw you swerving in your lane or disobeying other traffic laws, that is all that’s needed to initiate a traffic stop. To test you for impairment, the officer generally needs to see physical signs of impairments or smell or see alcohol in the vehicle. It is reasonable to question whether the officer that pulled you over had probable cause. If that wasn’t the case, then the charges may be dropped.
Question the evidence
Breath and field sobriety test results are often supplied as evidence in DUI cases. The good news is that these tests are flawed and are not always accurate. It is reasonable to question how the tests were performed. It is reasonable to question their accuracy. In doing so, the charges against you may be dropped, or at least reduced.
Don’t go it alone
Conviction on a can have some significant personal and professional consequences. Fighting the charge is not something you’ll want to do on your own. To learn how an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you navigate the Florida criminal court system and assist you in achieving the best outcome possible, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.