You may have been on the way home from work or have been going to visit someone you care about when you saw the red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror. Stopping for the police is frustrating for most people, especially if they’ve had a drink or two.
During your stop, one thing led to another until the officer asked you to take a Breathalyzer test. You took it, and it came back higher than the legal limit. Now, you’re facing arrest and charges for a DWI.
Understanding a DWI
To start with, remember that a DWI means that you are being accused of driving while intoxicated or impaired. The officer may believe that you were impaired by alcohol, such as in the case of a high Breathalyzer test, or drugs. You can face a DWI for impairment caused by illicit drugs, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and alcohol. Any substance that impairs you has the potential to lead to DWI charges.
Can you defend yourself against a DWI charge?
Yes. You have the option of defending yourself against a DWI charge in a few ways. For example, if you know that you weren’t impaired at the time or the stop but the test came back positive, you might work with your attorney to try to show that the test was wrong or that there was another reason for a high reading, like improper testing procedures or a medical condition.
Your attorney will look for mistakes
Your attorney’s main priority will be looking at things like the origin of the traffic stop and the way the officer spoke with you. They’ll go over police protocol and make sure that everything was done by the book. If evidence was improperly collected or you were stopped without reasonable cause, then you may be able to get the case dropped.
You deserve an opportunity to defend yourself against DWI charges
It’s a good idea to defend yourself against a DWI. Doing so may help you minimize the risk of losing your license and seeing an impact on your life caused by a conviction.