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How can you challenge a DUI?

On Behalf of | May 15, 2024 | DUI/DWI

Many think that getting arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) will be an inconvenience. They don’t consider it in the same category as most criminal offenses. Yet, a conviction could still change your life.

Even a temporary loss of your license could complicate life for you and your family. You won’t be able to run your kids around, and if your job relies on your ability to drive, you might lose your source of income.

Understanding how you can fight a DUI charge is therefore essential. Here are some options: 

Challenge the test results

Tests can be wrong. It is more common for breath tests to be incorrect than blood or urine tests, but errors can happen with all three. You might not need a huge error to save yourself. If you were only over the limit by a few percent, then casting doubt on the accuracy of the tests could be enough to cause a court to decide it cannot be sure you are guilty. Tests can be wrong due to lack of maintenance of the equipment, improper administration or the mixing up of samples.

Challenging the police’s actions on the day

Did the police have a valid reason to pull you over? If they stopped you at a DUI checkpoint did they have the necessary permission to set it up where they did? Did they use the required signage? Can they show they either stopped everyone or chose people randomly rather than targeting people based on unacceptable profiling?

That is just a brief overview of some of the ways you might challenge a DUI. If you face charges, be sure to take legal guidance to explore all defense avenues.