Driving under the influence is one of the offenses pretty common in the United States. It can come from a wide range of scenarios, and a lot of substances often come to play, like alcohol, prescription meds, and drugs. A DUI doesn’t always mean that your blood alcohol was above .08, as one can be charged for a DUI if deemed to be substantially incapable of operating a vehicle.
For the sake of safety, it is advised not to drive under any influence. Not just for the safety of the public, but for yours too. When the inevitable happens, some drivers need to know how they can get their DUI charges dropped. Here are a few of those ways:
- Infringement Of Your Rights
Before an officer pulls you over and charges you for a DUI, there has to be probable cause that you were doing something wrong. It could be the way you were swerving on the road or driving beyond the speed limit. The fact is, the officer must develop a reasonable suspicion that you’re driving under the influence. When the officer fails to follow the proper legal procedure, you are liable to make a case that your rights were infringed upon.
- Insufficient Proof
When your case reaches court, the outcome will rely heavily on the evidence from the crime scene. So, it is often best to avoid taking any form of a sobriety test, even if it warrants the suspension of your driver’s license. Without enough evidence to prove that you were driving under the influence, you will succeed in having your case thrown out of the window and your suspended license re-issued.
- Problems At The Checkpoint
Some of the searches that occur at checkpoints can be unlawful for a lot of reasons. Reason being that the officer infringed on the person’s Fourth Amendment right against unwarranted search and seizure. If you were driving under the influence, your case would be dismissed since the practices resulting in your arrest were unlawful.
- Having No Prior DUIs Or Criminal Convictions
With an experienced lawyer and a clean record, you might be able to get your DUI charges dropped. If there are some mitigating circumstances, your lawyer might be able to plea bargain for reckless driving, sometimes known as wet reckless. It is much better than getting a DUI charge.
Every DUI case is different, and it is hard to predict the outcome accurately. But working with a reliable DUI lawyer with excellent experience might be what you need to have your charges dropped.
- Officer Error
Everyone makes mistakes, even police officers. If you can prove that there was a mistake during your arrest or after, that could be an excellent ground for dropping your DUI charges. If you’re to work with an experienced lawyer, he might be able to discover these mistakes and have your case thrown out.
As already stated, every DUI case is different, and so outcomes are often hard to predict. However, working with a reliable DUI attorney will work in your favor to getting your DUI charges dropped.
For help with your DUI or traffic case, please contact our office. With over 75 years of combined legal experience, Attorneys David B. Franks, David N. Rechenberg and James H. Andrle have helped regular people overcome extraordinary obstacles.