If you were charged with a DUI in Pennsylvania, you may wonder how best to defend yourself. There are a variety of criminal defense techniques, and choosing the best option for a situation can be confusing.
Common defenses include:
- Law enforcement had no right to stop you to check for drunk driving
- Your arrest was conducted improperly
- Methods used to test for intoxication were improperly administered
- The tests provided inaccurate results
There are a few less common DUI defenses as well, such as:
- The person charged wasn’t actually driving the vehicle: Imagine a scenario in which an extremely drunk person has a sober friend for a ride home. On the way, they get into a serious accident. The police can wrongly assume that the drunk person was driving his own vehicle, resulting in a DUI arrest. Police might accuse a driver and passenger of switching seats as well.
- Unlawful or inappropriate police activity: There have been instances of law enforcement agents purposefully setting up a person they didn’t like or faking reports in order to reach their quotas.
- Driver was not drunk until later: If there is a delay in testing the driver’s blood alcohol content, the test may show that the driver was intoxicated when, in fact, he or she was not when pulled over.
You are always innocent until proven guilty
No matter the circumstances of an arrest, you are innocent until proven guilty. If you were accused of drunk driving, analyze all of your legal options so you can properly defend yourself.
Depending on the unique circumstances surrounding your arrest or the severity of the charge, you might choose to deny the charges or negotiate for a reduction in charges.