Being arrested for DWI can leave you feeling helpless, stressed out and even overwhelmed, especially if this is the first time you have to deal with the criminal justice system. Despite the fact that law enforcement officials and prosecutors are intent on securing a conviction in every case they handle, the good news is that:
- You have legal rights and are innocent until proven guilty.
- There are a number of different DWI defense strategies that may be appropriate for your case, and these strategies could help get the charges against you reduce or possibly even dropped altogether.
The following are some effective DWI defense strategies and arguments that may be effective against prosecutors both inside and outside of the courtroom:
- DWI Defense Strategy 1: Arguing that police did not have probable cause to pull the driver over – Although law enforcement officials have a lot of discretion when it comes to investigating and arresting suspects, they do legally have to have verifiable probable cause in order to pull over a driver and question him. This means that officers have to be able to verify that a driver was speeding, violating some traffic law and/or driving carelessly or recklessly in order to justify the traffic stop.
- DWI Defense Strategy 2: Arguing that the field sobriety tests were not conducted properly – Oftentimes, police use field sobriety tests to not only assess whether a driver may be intoxicated but also to later try to prove this intoxication in a court of law. However, the evaluation of field sobriety tests is highly subjective, and there may be many reasons that motorists perform poorly on these tests. For example, drivers may have certain medical conditions that affect their ability to balance or even count backwards.
For additional DWI defense strategies that work, be sure to check out the upcoming Part 2 of this blog.
St. Louis DWI Defense Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been arrested for and accused of drunk driving, contact the St. Louis DWI defense lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law. We have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families and help them navigate through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in various types of cases, including criminal and administrative DWI cases. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases. One of our primary goals is to help each of our clients resolve their cases as beneficially and efficiently as possible so they can look forward to moving on with their lives.