Posted: March 5, 2014
At least 4 DWI arrests were made by St. Louis law enforcement officials during and after the various Mardi Gras festivities that were going on throughout the city. According to officials, in addition to the drunk driving arrests made on Tuesday evening and in the early morning hours of Wednesday, their efforts to saturate the city also resulted in:
- 61 arrests of minors who were alleged to be in possession of alcohol
- 71 summonses for various municipal ordinances.
DWI Defense Arguments and Strategies
Although being arrested for a DWI (or an MIP – minor in possession – charge) can be a frightening and overwhelming experience, it’s important for accused individuals to remember that:
- In the eyes of the law, you are innocent until proven guilty.
- Police officers often make mistakes during and after DWI arrests, and these mistakes could lead to the charges against the accused being reduced or possibly even dismissed altogether.
- Despite your presumed innocence, you will have to defend yourself against DWI charges on two fronts – in a criminal case that takes place in the courtroom and in an administrative case that occurs with the DMV. While the criminal case will determine your guilt or innocence in the alleged drunk driving case, the DMV case will be pivotal in determining whether you are able to retain your driving privileges in the coming months and/or years.
- A skilled DWI defense attorney can be crucial to helping you resolve your case as favorably as possible.
Some of examples of police mistakes that may lead to the reduction or dismissal of DWI charges include (but are not limited to):
- Police pulling over vehicles without sufficient probable cause
- Police failing to properly administer field sobriety tests and/or breathalyzer tests
- Police failing to properly conduct sobriety checkpoints (if these checkpoints were the location of the accused individual’s arrest)
- Police failing to read DWI suspects their Miranda rights prior to arresting them.
Additionally, it could be argued (in the event that an accused person refused to submit to a breath or blood test) that the so-called evidence of intoxication – like, for instance, red or watery eyes – was related to the accused person’s allegories, not intoxication.
St. Louis DWI Defense Lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law
If you have been arrest for a DWI, you need to start mounting your defense case as soon as possible. Contact the St. Louis DWI defense lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law. We are skilled at going up against prosecutors, representing the accused in both court and DMV proceedings, and ultimately helping those accused of DWI achieve the best possible resolutions to their cases. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals accused of DUIs and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
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