Were You Arrested For a DUI in Palm Beach County?
This past weekend, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 14 drunk drivers in a crackdown that began Friday night. The crackdown led to 14 DUI arrests and more than 800 other citations throughout unincorporated parts of Palm Beach County.
If you were one of those 14 people who were arrested for a DUI, you need to call a good Palm Beach County DUI attorney – if you haven’t done so already. You have rights and you may be able to get that DUI charge dismissed. There are many ways an experienced DUI lawyer can get your case thrown out. Here are some defenses a good DUI lawyer will use:
ILLEGAL STOP AND SEARCH – A driver cannot be stopped unless the police officer has a reasonable and probable cause to believe that a law has been broken. Weaving without crossing any lines is not a violation of the law. You cannot be stopped and your vehicle cannot be searched because of this.
INACCURATE FIELD SOBRIETY TESTING – People with injuries, medical conditions, on prescribed medication, 50 pounds or more overweight, and 65 years or older cannot be accurately judged by standardized field sobriety tests. The HGN (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus) test is also unreliable.
INACCURATE BREATH TESTING – Breath testing is the most common way to measure blood alcohol concentration (BAC), but it is subject to a wide variety of errors that can make the results inadmissible. The state of Florida uses the Intoxilyzer 8000 that measures the amount of alcohol present in an individual’s breath. Factors such as physiology, medical conditions and procedural errors may make this breath test unreliable.
BOOKING ROOM AND SQUAD CAR VIDEOS – Many police departments videotape suspects at the station, where the suspect’s speech is clear and their balance is perfect – in spite of what the arresting police officer may say. Often a suspect’s driving and field test performance is recorded from the squad car and this, too, can contradict police testimony.
INACCURATE POLICE BLOOD TESTS – The police cannot force you to give a blood sample if no one was injured. If they do, the results may be inadmissible. Blood samples have to be taken by a licensed phlebotomist or someone trained in taking blood. Many times, police blood testing fails to follow prescribed rules of testing, analysis, or preservation rules. Improper sample storage will inflate blood alcohol content (BAC) levels and make the test invalid.
These are only a few of the many defenses an experienced Palm Beach County defense attorney will use to fight for your freedom, your rights and your driver’s license privileges. If you were one of the 14 people arrested for a DUI in Palm Beach County this weekend, you need to call a good DUI attorney today.