Were you stopped on the suspicion of operating your vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Your life can change in an instant. It’s important to thoroughly evaluate your case with the help of an experienced drunk driving attorney before you make any decisions on how to proceed with your case. Here’s what you should take into consideration.
It May Not Be In Your Best Interests to Plead Guilty
Many people believe that their best option after being arrested for drinking and driving is to plead guilty, pay the fines, go to traffic school, and move on with their lives. However, this is usually not the case. Often, evidence that the police gathered against you during your oui stop isn’t considered viable in court. This means it can’t be brought in by prosecutors and is therefore dismissed.
Your attorney may be able to dismiss certain types of evidence, like:
- Any evidence against you obtained during the stop if it was illegal. Police officers may not pull over drivers without reasonable cause to believe they have committed or are committing a crime. If the stop is illegal, evidence procured during it may be inadmissible in court. However, your lawyer will need to be able to show strong evidence that the officers who stopped you never had the right to do so.
- Blood and breath test results. Strict guidelines must be adhered to by both police officers and lab technicians that administer blood and breath testing to determine the level of an individual’s intoxication. If they do not, the results of those tests may be considered tainted and unusable against you.
- Anything the police officer witnessed during the traffic stop that has an alternative explanation. For example, if the police officer wrote in their report that you had poor balance and coordination, and you are able to show medical records of a condition that causes this, the officer’s report may be dismissed.
Reach Out to Experienced OUI Lawyers Adams & Kokonowski, LLC Today
In many cases, pleading guilty is more likely to create more problems than it solves. Working with an experienced law firm with a successful track record defending OU case is absolutely crucial to protecting your rights and decreasing the negative impact the charge has on your future.
Call our office now at 413.737.9700 (Springfield), 413.585.9200 (Northampton), or 413.549.0022 (Amherst). Our attorneys are available now to help you.