A criminal charge of any kind could affect your future and your personal freedom, including a drunk driving charge. Georgia drivers face steep penalties and consequences for a DUI conviction, even if it is a first-time offense. If you are facing DUI charges, you would be wise to move quickly to learn about your potential defense options.
It is possible to fight back against a DUI charge. A conviction or guilty plea is never your only option, even if you are unsure of how you could fight back. When there is so much at stake, it is helpful to take steps to make sure you know about all of the defense possibilities available to you. Your future interests and right to drive are worth protecting.
What's the right defense for you?
The right defense strategy for your case will depend on various factors, including your criminal record, your BAC and much more. A careful evaluation of your case is necessary to understand what steps are most appropriate or whether or not there are grounds to challenge the case against you. If the following issues apply to your situation, the prosecution's entire case may be invalid:
- The police officer did not have valid grounds to pull you over in the initial traffic stop.
- Law enforcement coerced you or entrapped you, ultimately leading to your drunk driving arrest.
- You experienced a violation of your personal rights during the traffic stop or while in police custody.
- There were problems with the Breathalyzer or during the administration of the test.
- After a blood or urine test, there were problems with the chain of custody of the sample.
These are just a few reasons you may have to challenge the case against you. It can be a daunting task to develop the right defense strategy for your unique situation, but it is worthwhile to carefully examine every aspect of your case in order to prepare the most effective defense.
Where should you start?
After an arrest, you know you need a defense of some kind, but you may not know where to start. You have the right to seek legal representation to fight the charges against you, and it is prudent to take this step as early as possible in your case.
An experienced Georgia defense attorney understands the system, as well as how to protect your interests throughout the entire process. If you do not know where to start, take the first step by seeking an evaluation of your case.