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Washington DC DUI Defenses
A skilled DUI attorney will develop an aggressive defense strategy. Due to the unique circumstances of each case and the complex nature of Washington DC DUI law, every defensive strategy must be uniquely tailored to the case at hand.
Traffic Stop Issues
There must be a probable cause for a traffic violation for a law enforcement officer to pull you over. In order to conduct sobriety testing, further evidence must justify suspicion of intoxication or impairment. If there are any issues with the legitimacy of the traffic stop, your DC DUI lawyer may use that to your advantage.
Sobriety Test Issues
There are countless ways in which Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) can be administered erroneously. Only a skilled DC DUI attorney will be able to highlight the erroneous administration of the SFSTs by law enforcement officers.
BAC and Breathalyzer Issues
Breathalyzer results can be challenged on specific procedural errors, general scientific issues, or both. The Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of the accused, as measured by a breathalyzer or other chemical test, is most often the strongest evidence for the prosecution. Therefore, it is imperative to challenge the admissibility or proper weight of this evidence. Challenges can often be made as to the competence of the test administrator, the maintenance and calibration of the testing device, and by highlighting the variables of the testing itself. For example, breath-testing machines can produce erroneous results if the subject has certain medical conditions or because of erroneous testing conditions or procedures.
The breathalyzer machine itself is also prone to human and technical error. A skilled DC DUI lawyer will request all calibration maintenance records on the machine. Some judges will accept certain scientific defenses over others. Experienced DC DUI attorneys know which strategy to pursue in every circumstance.