DUI 101: A Summary of Your Defense
The repercussions of a DUI conviction can be severe. Not only can you face a fine and/or jail time, but you will likely lose your driving privileges for an extended period. So, of course, the best way to avoid a DUI conviction is simply to avoid drinking and driving.
But if you do somehow end up in a situation where you are charged with DUI, and you want to go to trial and not try to cut a plea deal for a lesser charge with the prosecution, there is a minefield to negotiate on your way to an acquittal. In your preparation for that undertaking, you should begin formulating your defense with the following points:
1. Visit the scene of the traffic stop and arrest and learn it backwards and forwards.
2. Know the specifics of the arrest and detention itself, paying close attention to possible 4th Amendment search and seizure violations.
3. In cross-examination, dissect the arresting officer’s knowledge and administration of the Standard Field Sobriety Test for deficiencies.
Above all, be thorough. The standard is proof beyond a reasonable doubt, so even minor details that can question the evidence against you or your client can be important enough to result in an acquittal.
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