If you have recently faced a charge of DUI, you may feel like there is nothing you can do to improve your situation. It is important for you to remember that in Missouri and across the country, you are innocent until proven guilty. You have the right to defend yourself against a DUI charge.
Your defense choices depend on the circumstances surrounding your arrest. Take some time to review the following possible DUI defense options.
It is not uncommon for people who suffer from certain medical conditions to exhibit symptoms of intoxication. Some health issues such as diabetes and auto-brewery syndrome can cause false positives on breathalyzer tests and cause individuals to perform poorly on field sobriety tests.
Did not receive Miranda rights during arrest
Law enforcement must advise individuals of their constitutional rights when they place them under arrest. Those rights include the right to legal representation from a private attorney or public defender, to stay silent, and that anything they say and do after that point can and will be used against them as evidence in court. When they do not, it is possible to have all evidence they procured after your arrest dismissed.
Mistakes during detainment
Police officers are human just like you and are capable of making mistakes. Sometimes law enforcement officials make mistakes during the apprehension of suspects that violates their entitlement to due process and constitutional rights, such as pulling you over without probable cause. They may also administer field sobriety tests improperly.
No matter how much evidence you think the prosecution has to use against you, it is a good idea for you to consider speaking to an attorney. They can determine the best strategies to use to help you beat the charge. Defending yourself against a criminal charge, especially one involving a DUI, is challenging. One misstep can lead to more penalties and a less than favorable outcome.