Police and prosecutors would like you to believe that drunk driving charges are easy to prove, but this is not always the case. There are often borderline situations when the question of whether you have been properly charged with DUI is not as straightforward as law enforcement would have you think.
For example, take a situation where you have drank some alcohol, but not enough to put your BAC up to the .08 level. If a police officer stops you for suspicion of DUI, although you are not safe from a drunk driving charge it is not inevitable that you can be adequately accused of it, either. The factual circumstances at the time of the stop are critical to determine.
The police officer may put you through a series of field sobriety tests, but if these are note properly administered then the evidentiary value of the tests becomes questionable. The officer might claim that your driving behavior was sufficient grounds to suspect you of drunk driving, but what if the cause was something else, such as being distracted?
Even if you take a breath or blood alcohol test and it shows a reading of .08 or more, that still is not necessarily determinative. There are always questions to ask, like whether the equipment properly calibrated, or if the officer correctly administered the test. The penalties of a Missouri drunk driving conviction can be too serious and long-lasting to rely on chance when defending yourself in may depend on seemingly small details or less-than-clear circumstances.
At the Law Office Travis Noble, we defend our clients who have been accused of drunk driving based on Mr. Noble’s decade of experience as a law enforcement officer as well as experience on the defensive side of the DUI equation. This combination of experience ensures that every aspect of your defense is exploited to the fullest extent, from the factual investigation to legal interpretation of the statutory law. We know that the stakes for you are high, and that the difference between you and potentially serious ramifications depend heavily on how well your case is presented. To find out more about how we can help you, call us or reach us by email to arrange for an initial consultation.