Most common defenses for DUI charges
Getting charged with a DUI in Florida can be a very frightening experience. If you are convicted, you can face hefty fines and the suspension or loss of your license. Depending on the severity of the charge, you can also spend time in state prison. Now is the time to start thinking about how to defend yourself.
You can try to challenge the stop
If you are pulled over and then charged with a DUI, you can try to challenge the legitimacy of the stop. This will be the basis of your ongoing criminal defense strategy. You may have evidence that points to the fact that the police pulled over the wrong person. The driver that committed the offense got away, leaving you behind as the victim of mistaken identity.
You may also try to prove that the police had no valid reason to pull you over in the first place. You can claim that the police made a mistaken identification of impaired driving when this was not the case. The police officer in charge of the scene may simply have wished to make an arrest in order to fill a quota.
You can claim the sobriety test was faulty
You may be able to make the claim that the sobriety test you received was given to you under false pretenses. It may be that the officer that administered the test wasn’t paying the proper level of attention. They may not have been fully trained in how to give you the test. The results may even have been totally misinterpreted.
The results of your breathalyzer test may also be open to debate. For example, the police officer that gave you the test may not have known how to properly work the machine. They may have committed irregularities that led to a false-positive result. The machine itself may also have malfunctioned during the test.
If this is the case, you can try to challenge the results that were produced by the breathalyzer. Depending on how strong your evidence is, your case may be dismissed.