If you have been arrested for an OVI (operating a vehicle while intoxicated), you might not feel like you need a lawyer. After all, many people drink and drive and get away with it. However, you really need to consult a lawyer to help you win your case so that you can have the best possible life after your arrest.
Your lawyer will meet with you to discuss possible defenses that might work for your case. Here are some common ones that you may want to consider.
Illegal stop by police
With your Fourth Amendment right, a police officer must have a reasonable suspicion to pull you over. These include speeding, plates that are expired, trouble staying in your lane, and other similar things.
Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) were administered incorrectly.
This defense is common because not every police officer understands how these tests work. Some officers are looking for a reason for you to mess up because they hold you up to impossible standards (things a sober person might struggle with).
Police officers can also give the instructions (and even the test) incorrectly, which botches the results. Some officers don’t understand the correct way to read the results, leading to inconclusive results.
Chemical tests can also be wrong.
It is important that an officer waits for twenty minutes before they give you a breath test. However, they have a window of three hours before the results will be inconclusive.
Certain things may interfere with a chemical test, including radio frequency. The location is also important to make sure that the results are going to stand up in court.
Too many police officers rush through the process once they pull you over. However, if they don’t follow protocol and administer the tests properly, you have a good defense in your case. Because of this, make sure that you hire the best lawyer that you can to ensure that you win your case.
If you are arrested for an OVI, don’t hesitate to contact us for all of your legal needs. We would be happy to talk to you about your case to see how we can help you. We will do everything that we can so that one mistake won’t change the rest of your life.