A DUI arrest not only has immediate life-changing impacts but can also continue to haunt you for many years to come. You may have to pay fines, spend time in jail, do community service, take mandatory drug and alcohol classes, and install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. In most cases, you will also lose your driver’s license, limiting your ability to easily get around for a certain period of time after your arrest.
The good news is, it is sometimes possible to avoid all of these repercussions. There are certain situations where it is possible to beat DUI charges.
One of the most common ways that people avoid getting charged with driving under the influence is by proving that the initial stop that the arresting officer made was illegal. Police officers can’t just pull you over on a whim. Instead, they need to have a compelling reason for stopping you.
If the officer who arrested you doesn’t have a good reason for making the stop, your DUI / OWI lawyer from Abood Law Firm can argue that any evidence that was discovered after the stop has to be discarded. This includes your field sobriety test and your breathalyzer test. Since none of the evidence that was gathered after the illegal stop can be used against you, the DUI charges will most likely be dropped.
In some situations, you may not be able to get the charges dropped completely. However, your lawyer still may be able to argue to have them reduced to lesser charges such as negligent driving.
One of the best things that you can do for yourself if you are pulled over for driving under the influence is to reach out to a good attorney right away. By working with a lawyer who is familiar with the laws surrounding DUI cases, you may be able to mount a successful defense that results in the charges against you being dropped.