When you’re facing DUI charges, it can feel like it’s not even worth trying to challenge the case against you. Who’s going to believe you when the police are on the other side, right?
The truth is that there is evidence the police rely on that you can question. Police officers are human and make mistakes and they use equipment that doesn’t always work properly. These are just a couple of examples of the types of challenges you can raise against evidence.
What police officers observed at the scene is very important evidence for them. It is what justifies them pulling you over and subsequently arresting you.
As the prosecution needs to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, they have a high standard of evidence to reach. Reviewing and challenging what’s written in the police report or seen on body-worn cameras at the time of the stop and arrest can be incredibly important in fighting the case against you.
For example, police need to justify pulling you over in the first place. If they cannot provide a good reason for stopping you, the case against you can be questioned.
The breathalyzer test
Despite what the police may have you believe, the breathalyzer test that you take is not completely accurate. There are many factors that can skew the results. Examples of things that may cause a false reading are issues with the machine not being calibrated properly, user error, medical condition of the person taking the test and even regurgitation before the test was carried out.
While there is good reason to challenge a DUI arrest, it can be difficult to do so on your own. Having some legal help with the process makes sure that evidence against you is looked at as closely as possible.