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Common Defenses in Alabama DUI Cases

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If you’ve been arrested for a DUI in Alabama, you’re probably feeling a mix of emotions—fear, confusion, and maybe even frustration. It’s a serious charge, but remember, being charged with a DUI doesn’t automatically mean you’ll be convicted. There are several defenses that a skilled DUI attorney can use to help you fight the charges.

Was the Traffic Stop Legitimate?

One of the first questions to ask is whether the police had a valid reason to pull you over in the first place. Law enforcement needs a legitimate reason to stop your vehicle, such as a traffic violation or reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. If the stop wasn’t lawful, any evidence gathered during the stop, including breathalyzer results and officer observations, could be thrown out. This means the case against you could be significantly weakened or even dismissed.

Another aspect of this defense involves the conduct of the officer during the stop. If the officer didn’t follow proper procedures or violated your rights, this could also impact the validity of the traffic stop. For example, if the officer didn’t read you your Miranda rights before interrogating you, any statements you made might be inadmissible in court.

Issues with Testing Procedures

The accuracy and reliability of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) tests are critical in DUI cases. There are several ways to challenge these tests:

Faulty Breathalyzer

Breathalyzers are machines, and like any machine, they can malfunction. If the breathalyzer wasn’t properly calibrated or maintained, it might produce inaccurate results. Additionally, certain medical conditions or even the consumption of some foods and drinks can affect breathalyzer readings.

Improper Blood Test Handling

Blood tests are often considered more accurate than breathalyzers, but they’re not foolproof. The way a blood sample is collected, stored, and analyzed can impact the results. If there were mistakes or lapses in the chain of custody, the test results might be challenged.

Field Sobriety Test Errors

Field sobriety tests are subjective and can be influenced by many factors unrelated to alcohol consumption. If you were tired, nervous, or had a medical condition, it might have affected your performance on these tests. An experienced attorney can argue that the results of these tests are unreliable and should not be used against you.

Medical Conditions and Prescription Medications

Sometimes, medical conditions or prescription medications can mimic the signs of intoxication. For instance, conditions like acid reflux, diabetes, or neurological issues can cause symptoms that an officer might mistakenly interpret as intoxication. Similarly, some prescription medications have side effects that can affect your coordination or speech. If you have a medical condition or were taking medication that could have influenced the officer’s observations or test results, this could be used as a defense.

Witness Testimony

Witnesses can play a crucial role in your defense. If there were passengers in your car or bystanders who saw the traffic stop, their testimony might support your version of events. For example, they might testify that you weren’t driving erratically or that you hadn’t been drinking before driving. Witnesses can provide an additional layer of credibility to your defense and help cast doubt on the prosecution’s case.

Have You Been Charged with an Alabama DUI?

Facing a DUI charge in Alabama is a serious matter, but it’s important to remember that you have options. At Stoves Law Firm, our Birmingham DUI lawyer understands the complexities of DUI cases and is here to help you effectively defend against the allegations you face. Whether it’s questioning the legitimacy of the traffic stop, challenging the accuracy of test results, or presenting medical evidence, we’ll work tirelessly to build the strongest defense possible for your case. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a consultation. Together, we can explore your options and fight for your rights. You can reach us at (205) 823-7233 or through our secure online contact form.

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