Let’s say that one night out at the bar, you decide to get into your car. You are soon arrested by the police, who pulled you over and administered a number of field sobriety tests and blood alcohol tests. They confirm you are over the legal limit of 0.08, and they ship you off to the police station.
That situation took just three sentences to describe, but there are a lot of moving parts in those three sentences that make a DUI arrest a complicated matter, especially in a legal sense. For example, did the police have reasonable suspicion to pull you over in the first place? If not, and you can prove that they didn’t, they may have messed up their arrest before it even began.
There are also the tests, all of which have to be administered properly. Field sobriety tests aren’t exactly the most accurate methods of judging someone’s sobriety, but a breath test is more accurate — and if the officer didn’t follow proper protocol for administering that breath test, then they may have botched their case.
Third and finally, there is the whole process of the police and the prosecution administering the case against you. Here again there are mistakes that the police and the prosecution can make that could allow you to avoid the serious penalties associated with a DUI.
But finding these mistakes and making sure that your rights are upheld is not easy for someone without a legal background to do. That’s why anyone who is accused of driving under the influence needs a criminal defense attorney to help them — and at Neil S. Ruskin, that’s what we’re all about.