Drunk driving is one of the most common criminal charges in the United States. Each year hundreds of thousands of people are charged with drunk driving throughout the country. But, that doesn’t mean that every case of an arrest for drunk driving will result in a conviction.
There are many steps in the process of an arrest for drunk driving that an arrestee may be able to challenge legally. The crucial part is to evaluate the prosecution’s case and evidence as soon as possible after the drunk driving arrest. An arrest by itself may result in serious repercussions for a Pennsylvania resident, such as immediate job loss or an automatic driver’s license suspension. But, those repercussions can potentially be cured by crafting a strong criminal defense to the drunk driving charges.
First, an arrestee will want to look at the reason why the police officer initiated a traffic stop to begin with. Law enforcement officials must have a valid reason to initiate a traffic stop, such as observing a traffic violation. If there is no valid reason for the stop, the arrestee’s constitutional rights may have been violated. If that occurs, any evidence that is gathered as a result of an illegal stop might be suppressed.
Next, field sobriety tests, while conducted by police officers throughout the country, can be quite subjective. Police officers are trained on how to conduct these tests, but that doesn’t mean that they always evaluate the results correctly. Challenging these tests and the results thereof can be part of a strong criminal defense strategy. For more information on how our law firm attempts to help those who have been arrested on drunk driving charges, please visit our website.