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4 Ways to Fight a DUI in Anderson County

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tennessee DUI defense lawyerGetting convicted of a DUI can have serious repercussions, both legally and socially. Even a single DUI will have a permanent impact on your criminal records and could cost you opportunities in the future. Fortunately, the situation is not hopeless. There are a number of ways an attorney can help you fight a DUI in Tennessee, from challenging the stop to invalidating blood test or breath test results. If one of these defenses succeeds, you may be able to walk away with a clean record - and no jail time, license suspension, or other consequences. 

As soon as you are informed that you are being charged with a DUI, the best thing you can do is to immediately contact a licensed defense attorney who can assess your situation and determine which defenses may give you the best odds of beating your charge. 

4 DUI Defenses that Could Prevent a Conviction

Police officers must follow a strict and specific set of rules when administering DUI testing. When a procedure was not followed correctly, the evidence collected may not be admissible. Texas attorneys may argue that your DUI should be dismissed due to: 

  • Illegal stop - To pull over a vehicle, a police officer must reasonably suspect that the driver is doing something illegal. This is a relatively low bar, but it is not non-existent. If you were pulled over initially for an illegal reason, such as because the officer just “had a feeling” you were up to something, any charges stemming from the stop could be dismissed. 

  • Improper field test - Field sobriety testing must be carried out according to a specific procedure that is not always followed correctly. A number of other issues can invalidate field sobriety tests, such as if you had an injury that affected your gait. 

  • Improper chemical test - Whether a blood test or breath test was used, delicate equipment that must be used correctly by a specially trained officer is involved. From the presence of police radios near a breathalyzer to improper handling of a blood sample, all sorts of problems can arise with chemical testing. Even failing to store a breathalyzer correctly and calibrate it according to the schedule can lead to an invalid result. 

  • Not driving - It sounds odd, but people are routinely charged with DUI when they were sitting or sleeping in - but not actually operating - their vehicle. This scenario can be legally complex and heavily fact-dependent, but arguing that you were not attempting to drive can be a viable defense in some cases. 

In any event, working closely with a well-qualified defense attorney will give you the best chances of beating your charge and going back to your normal life. 

Call an Anderson County DUI Defense Attorney

At The Law Office of William F. Evans, we are skilled at fighting DUI charges. Our experienced Oak Ridge DUI defense lawyers will leave no stone unturned in their search for a strong defense. Call us at 423-449-7980 for a free consultation. 

 

Source: 

https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.gov/files/documents/sfst_pm_full_manual.pdf

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