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Mistakes on the part of authorities could affect DUI defense

It is common knowledge that no one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. Of course, some mistakes you make may be more serious than others are, and if you consume alcohol before driving, this error may be one that affects your life in substantial ways.

Fortunately, if a police officer stops your vehicle and suspects that you are under the influence, you do not have to immediately picture yourself sitting behind bars due to a DUI conviction. You, like everyone else in California, have the right to prepare and present a criminal defense against any allegations that police bring against you.

Defense options

The exact strategies that could best help your defense will depend on your specific circumstances. Rather than letting yourself feel overwhelmed and without hope, you may want to do your best to remember the details of the traffic stop, anything you said to police, actions the officers took and the arrest itself. This information is important because it could play a major role in how you approach your case.

Police mistakes

One strategy that could aid your defense relates to determining whether police made any procedural mistakes when handling your arrest and subsequent paperwork. Some common errors to look for in relation to your situation include the following:

  • Misconduct on the part of the officer while conducting field sobriety tests
  • No reasonable suspicion for stopping your vehicle
  • No probable cause for arresting you for DUI
  • Improperly administering a breath test
  • Mishandling of test results
  • Police reports having missing or conflicting information
  • Lack of proper paperwork

Of course, many other missteps on the part of police officers or other personnel could easily impact your case. When errors occur, you may have the chance to argue for reduced charges or having the allegations dropped altogether. You may think that you do not have the right knowledge to look for these types of mistakes or implement them in a defense, but fortunately, you do not have to address your case alone.

Professional assistance

A criminal defense attorney can help you recognize when authorities have mistreated you and assist you in using that information to create a meaningful criminal defense. If you would like to give yourself a fighting chance against a DUI charge, you may want to make sure that you understand your legal options and rights.

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