Were you arrested for driving under the influence (DWI) of alcohol or drugs? You may be frightened, confused, and unsure of what to do next.
If you think you’re going to plead guilty, you may assume that you don’t need an attorney. Not having adequate legal representation during a criminal case, however, can be detrimental. Here’s what you need to know.
Think Twice Before Pleading Guilty
If you’ve assumed that the police have enough evidence against you that you’ll be convicted no matter what, you may believe your only option is to plead guilty. However, this may not be the case. In fact, the prosecution’s case against you may not be very strong at all once an attorney goes over all of the evidence that would be considered inadmissible in a court of law.
If a piece of evidence is considered inadmissible, that means the prosecution cannot introduce it into court and it cannot be used against you. Evidence that may be dismissable can include:
Breathalyzer or blood tests. If these tests were not administered according to established protocol, the results cannot be deemed accurate without a shadow of a doubt. Therefore they may be able to be kept out of the court record.
A lack of evidence to suggest that pulling you over in the first place was illegal. If the police did not have probable cause before pulling you over, they may not be able to hold anything obtained during the stop against you in court.
Personal observations the officer who stopped you made during the stop. If the officer who pulled you over suggested that you were inebriated because your speech was slurred, for example, but you can show proof of a medical condition or other reason why your speech would be slurred, the officer’s testimony may be dismissible.
How to Get Legal Help After a Drunk Driving Charge Today
If you have been pulled over and arrested for a DWI, don’t hesitate to reach out for experienced legal advocacy and criminal defense. The attorney that you hire to represent your case can make a significant difference in the final verdict, making it critical that you select a lawyer who has a solid track record of success in drinking and driving cases.
Call Richard Brueckner now for your initial case consultation at 410-430-1464. Attorney Brueckner is available now to answer your questions about being arrested for driving while intoxicated and what legal defense options may be available to you.