If arrested for drunk driving, you may feel scared and unsure of what will happen next. What's going to happen to your license? Will you go to jail? These are just a few of the many questions people often ask when facing a DUI in Tennessee.
Whether it is your first DUI or you have multiple offenses on your record, the time to start working on your defense is now.
No matter what your criminal history or driving record includes, you have a right to fight back with a strong defense strategy. With the right defense, you can effectively confront the charges against you, challenge the evidence brought by the prosecution and fight to protect your future.
The right defense for your case
No DUI cases are the same, and no two defenses should be the same. The right approach for your defense strategy depends on factors such as your criminal record, the specific details of your case and your goals. A thorough evaluation of your case will reveal the options available to you, including some of the following:
- Problems with the traffic stop -- If there was no reasonable suspicion for the original traffic stop, it is likely not valid, and evidence collected during it may not be admissible.
- Problems with sobriety tests -- You may be able to challenge the evidence against you if the law enforcement officer did not administer the sobriety tests appropriately after pulling you over.
- Problems with the Breathalyzer -- Results may not be accurate if someone did not calibrate the apparatus, store it correctly or use it in the correct manner.
- Problems with the chain of custody -- When law enforcement does not handle blood or urine samples properly, it can skew results, and you have the right to challenge those results.
These are only a few examples of how you can fight back against the DUI charges against you. A conviction can result in fines, penalties and other consequences, and it is always worthwhile to fight to protect your future.
It may help to seek legal guidance as soon as you can after a drunk driving arrest so you can better understand the charges against you and how you can start developing a strategy to defend yourself.