There are few things more damaging to someone’s reputation and many aspects of their life than receiving a DWI, especially if it is not their first offense. If you’ve been charged with a DWI, our firm can help. With an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney, there are various defenses our firm may use in an effort to disprove your charges and have them either mitigated, or, in the best case, dropped altogether. Please continue reading and speak with our firm to learn more about challenging DWI evidence in court.
What are some of the most common defenses against DWI charges?
Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, there are a wide variety of defenses that we may use. Some of the most common defenses against DWI charges are:
- You were illegally stopped: Illegal stops are far more common than you may think. If we can prove that law enforcement stopped you without a valid reason, any evidence they gather against you can be considered inadmissible in court.
- The arresting officer violated the 20-minute rule: When police stop an individual they suspect is driving under the influence, they are required to observe them for at least 20 minutes before conducting a breath test. In some cases, if officers administer a breath test before the 20 minutes are up, that can be used to block the results of the test from being admitted as evidence.
- The arresting officer failed to conduct, or improperly conducted, a field sobriety test: When an officer suspects someone is driving while under the influence of alcohol, he or she is responsible for administering various field sobriety tests to determine whether a driver is showing signs of intoxication. Some of the most common field sobriety tests are the one-leg stand test, the walk & turn test, and the horizontal gaze nystagmus test. If you can prove that the officer either did not provide you all of the instructions, failed to inform you that you can remove high heels, failed to demonstrate how to take the test, or ignored the fact that you have a certain medical condition that prevented you from passing the test, you may have a valid defense.
These are just some of the defenses that our firm may use, and the strategy we pursue will largely depend on the circumstances of your case. For any further questions, simply pick up the phone and give us a call today.
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