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Are there defenses against DUI charges?

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2021 | Dui |

Getting arrested for a DUI can seem like no defense can protect you. Pleading guilty may seem like the best option, but there are actually several viable defenses that may be able to help you beat your DUI charges. The consequences of a DUI in Tennessee can be severe, which is why you should consult with an attorney to determine if you have any grounds for defense in your case.

Each DUI case has its own unique circumstances, so not all defenses apply to every case. Three of the more common defenses that may apply to your case include:

Faulty testing equipment

The testing device officers use to confirm your blood alcohol content levels (BAC) is not infallible. If your attorney can prove that the testing equipment that police used in your case is not accurate, you may be able to avoid a DUI conviction.

Police conducted an unlawful stop

In order for police officers to pull you over, they need to have probable cause. If officers do not have a viable reason to pull you over, such as reckless driving, broken taillight, or suspicion of other illegal activities, any resulting charges at the illegal traffic stop may result in dismissal before a judge.

Lack of reliable evidence

If a police officer presents evidence that appears to have been tampered with or does not present any evidence at all in your case, there may not be any viable grounds to charge you with a crime. Your lawyer can help you review your case and inspect the integrity of any evidence the prosecution may have.

Do Not Give Up Early

No matter the situation in your DUI charges, there may be some hope to win your case. Consult with an experienced attorney to determine if you have grounds for any of these or other defenses in your case.

 

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