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Six common mistakes the police make in drunk driving cases

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2022 | Criminal Defense |

A drunk driving charge can quickly derail your person and professional lives, especially if it ends up resulting in conviction. But even if the evidence seems stacked against you, there may be strong criminal defense options available to you. Many of them are based on errors made by the police.

What mistakes might help your criminal defense?

The police make more errors in drunk driving cases than many people realize. Here are some of the most common:

  1. The police lacked reasonable suspicion to stop you in the first place.
  2. Field sobriety tests are improperly administered in accordance with applicable standards.
  3. A breath test is improperly administered.
  4. A breath test device is improperly calibrated.
  5. Illegal checkpoint practices.
  6. Failing to gather evidence to show that the allegedly intoxicated individual was the driver of the vehicle.

Again, these are just some of the errors that the police can make that you might be able to use to raise reasonable doubt as to your guilt. There may be other mistakes that law enforcement made that will help bolster your case, such as when the officer’s statements or demeanor bring his or her credibility into question.

Aggressively using the evidence that you have at your disposal

A lot of people who have been accused of drunk driving think that there’s no way to avoid a criminal conviction. That may be true in some circumstances, at which point you should negotiate for the best plea deal possible, but a lot of these individuals overlook some very strong criminal defense options that might get them off the hook.

To avoid that happening to you, it’s important that you fully analyze the facts of your case so that you can develop the best criminal defense strategy possible under the circumstances. If you’d like to learn more about what that process would look like, then consider reaching out to an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss the matter further.


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