Gainesville DUI Arrest Defense Attorney
Being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) is a very scary experience. In just moments, you may see your future flash before you, and wonder what it holds. Without the help of a Gainesville DUI arrest defense attorney, you may be sentenced to a lengthy jail term, have to pay high fines, have your driver’s license suspended, and more. An attorney will know how to challenge the circumstances surrounding the arrest to give you the best chance of beating the charges.
Our Attorney Will Argue the Stop was Unlawful
Police officers are not allowed to stop you in your vehicle based on a hunch or certain types of profiling. They can only stop you if they believe you have violated traffic law, or if they believe that you are committing a crime. If the police cannot prove that they had reason to suspect that you were driving under the influence before stopping you, anything that happened afterward may be considered inadmissible, forcing the judge and prosecution to drop your case.
Our Attorney Knows How to Challenge Field Sobriety Test Results
Before making a DUI arrest, law enforcement must have probable cause to do so. Even if they legally stopped you, they cannot arrest you without reason. When trying to determine if there is probable cause, an officer may ask you to submit to field sobriety tests. You are not legally obligated to perform these tests and even if you do, the results can be challenged. These test results are largely subjective and law enforcement officers are not always qualified to administer these tests.
Our Attorney Will Challenge Chemical Test Results
In order to gain probable cause and make an arrest, law enforcement may ask you to submit to a chemical test. This is usually in the form of a roadside breathalyzer test. Unlike field sobriety tests, you are required to submit to a breathalyzer or any other type of chemical test when you are pulled over for a suspected DUI. Like field sobriety tests though, the results of a chemical test such as the breathalyzer can be challenged.
Breathalyzers are the most common form of chemical tests, and they are also the easiest to challenge. Breathalyzer devices are not always properly maintained or calibrated, which can lead to inaccurate results. Officers also do not always follow proper protocol when administering these tests, such as telling you to blow longer than necessary, or failing to observe you for an appropriate amount of time before giving you the test. Any of these can be used to defend against breathalyzer test results and get them thrown out of court.
Call Our Gainesville DUI Arrest Defense Attorney Today
Being arrested for a DUI is very scary, but it is not hopeless. At Meldon Law, our Gainesville DUI arrest defense attorney knows how to challenge the circumstances surrounding your arrest and will give you the best chance of avoiding a conviction. Call us today at 800-373-8000 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.