The season of bonfires and nights out with friends is a time when there might be alcoholic beverages involved. This opens up people who are out having fun to the chance that they will face drunk driving charges. Knowing how to handle this situation can reduce your stress, but you should make sure that you still give the case the attention it deserves.
There are a few different ways that you can handle a drunk driving charge. Looking into the circumstances surrounding the case is the first step toward setting up your defense strategy.
Question the validity of the traffic stop
The traffic stop that resulted in the drunk driving charge might be questioned. In order to stop a vehicle, the officer must have reasonable suspicion that something is amiss. This can be something like you were swerving between lanes or that you were driving erratically. If there wasn’t anything like that going on, you might be able to question the validity of the traffic stop. An illegally conducted traffic stop could mean that the entire case is thrown out.
Call the evidence into question
You might think that there is nothing you can do about the evidence in your case, but there is a chance that you can call the evidence into question. Remember, if you go before a jury trial, the prosecutor has to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that you committed a crime. Any doubt that can be introduced into the mind of a jury member is a good thing. If you are able to challenge evidence and get it tossed out, that can’t be used against you in court, which can greatly benefit your defense.
One of the most important things you can do when you are facing a drunk driving charge is to hire an attorney who is familiar with these cases under Texas law and whom you feel comfortable working with. This can benefit you because they can file various motions to challenge things. There are times when this will put pressure on the prosecutor, which could greatly benefit your case. Everything in your defense strategy has to be balanced, so make sure you are providing accurate information so that you can have a true look into what might be possible with your case.