Being stopped by law enforcement is a challenging situation to be in. Whether it is your first time or not, it is an uncomfortable situation that could result in a motorist facing charges. While a traffic violation is often viewed at as a negative and horrible matter, it could be worse if a driver is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. A DUI charge could carry with it serious penalties. Therefore, considering defense options is very beneficial as it could help reduce or even dismiss these consequences.
The defense process can be intimidating. A defendant sees all this evidence against them, and they feel like they have little wiggle room. However, it is possible to reduce this evidence by carefully looking at how they were collected and used against the defendant.
At J. Dean Keegan, Eric D. Tindal & Andrea Jaeger Attorneys At Law, our skilled attorneys understand the search and seizure process. Therefore, we are prepared to help defendants in the Iowa City area understand how this information could be used as a defense strategy. Officers are required to have reasonable suspicion when it comes to conducting a traffic stop. Thus, a legal stop is necessary to further the suspicion of drunk driving.
Even when there is a lawful stop, officers must conduct a field sobriety test according to the procedures set out. If these are not followed, this can be used to challenge this evidence. Additionally, if a breath test is used, certain protocols must be followed. Our law firm is experienced at handling this evidence and conducting further investigation in a DUI case. Our goal is to help our clients obtain the best possible outcome, which is ideally dropped charges.
To learn more, check out our law firm's drunk driving website. Facing a DUI is a difficult position, but it does not have to be a situation where you don't fight the charge. Taking the time to devise a defense strategy could help defendants reduce the penalties they could face.