If you are arrested and charged with DUI in Denver, you may believe that all hope is lost. Yet nothing could be farther from the truth. An experienced Denver DUI defense attorney can use several defenses to have the charges against you dismissed or reduced to a lesser infraction that allows you to keep your drivers license.
Challenging Field Sobriety Tests
Field sobriety tests are anything but accurate. Performing poorly on these tests does not conclusively mean that you were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and there may be many reasons why you failed these tests. Nervousness, fatigue, and even over the counter medications can all contribute to poor field sobriety testing. In addition, many Denver police officers fail to administer the field sobriety tests properly, thus making the conclusions invalid.
Challenging Breathalyzer Tests
There are also ways to challenge Breathalyzer test results. Even if your BAC level was over 0.08, there are possible false readings. Breathalyzer machines must be calibrated and maintained properly, in order to give accurate readings. In addition, officers must be properly trained to administer them and they must collect air from your deep lungs. When administered improperly, mouth alcohol can give a false reading. This can be from medical conditions, such as GERD or it can be from mouthwash, medicines, or even burping.
Challenging the Blood Alcohol Tests
Even blood alcohol test results can be challenged. In order for the blood alcohol reading to be valid, a trained medical professional must perform it in a specified amount of time. If the blood test was taken too long after the initial stop for driving impaired, the results could be invalid because your alcohol level could have risen during that time. In addition, improperly drawn samples could be tainted or stored poorly, leading to inaccurate readings.
There are numerous ways your Denver DUI defense lawyer can challenge the prosecution’s case against you. In many cases, your attorney may be able to have the charges against you dismissed all together or reduced to a lesser offense, such as speeding or reckless driving.
If you have been arrested and charged with a crime in Denver, Boulder, or anywhere in Colorado, call Steven Louth Law Offices at 303-442-2297 today for a free case evaluation. No matter how serious the charges are against you, there are ways to fight them. Call today!