Impaired Driving Charges Defense
Getting pulled over by a police officer or a state trooper and being accused of driving under the influence can be a disturbing experience. When those lights flash in your rearview mirror, you may start wondering what you did wrong to get pulled over. You could possibly get a warning, very likely get a ticket or worse. You may have tried to avoid a pothole or had to perform a defensive driving maneuver due to inclement weather or another vehicle. The officer may take you in because he or she thought you were driving in a way that indicated you were intoxicated or they thought they smelled alcohol or believed you were under the influence of drugs.
It’s possible you were not impaired at all, and the breathalyzer gave a false positive or you lacked good coordination during the sobriety test for a different reason altogether. The word of a police officer may carry weight, but anyone can make a mistake and you have rights. That is why it is imperative for you to contact a drug related DUI attorney as soon as possible to begin building an impaired driving defense.
You may face serious penalties if you are convicted. There can be expensive fines, jail or a prison sentence, loss of your driver’s license, loss of use of your vehicle, even loss of your job if it requires driving in any capacity or requires you to have a clean record. An OWI/OWVI incident will add to the points on your license, increase your car insurance premiums; you can even end up with a permanent criminal record that cannot be expunged.
The defense we employ depends on the circumstances of each individual case. One such defense is ensuring that the police had probable cause to pull you over in the first place and that they didn’t violate any of your constitutional rights during your arrest or investigation. We make sure the breathalyzer test was properly performed and that the equipment functioned correctly. We scrutinize every action the authorities perform from the moment they involved you. To get a conviction, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This benefits you since it’s the prosecution that carries the burden of proof.
The impaired driving charges attorneys at Legalquest Network Team provide legal assistance in the cities of Detroit, Dearborn, Southfield, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Sterling Heights.