Drunk driving is a problem all across the country. Law enforcement personnel do all they can to curb this problem but as long as people make mistakes, the longer this problem will affect millions of people. Should you ever find yourself in a drunk driving checkpoint or arrested due to impairment, you will want to do everything possible to fight the charges. So, how do you defend charges of drunk driving?
One of the most common ways people defend charges of drunk driving is using the method of an improper administration of a field sobriety test. There are a variety of tests that officers administer on the side of the road during a traffic stop. It’s possible the officer wasn’t properly trained to administer such a test or that the officer incorrectly administered it.
Were you administered a blood test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC) level after being arrested? If so, the validity of the test results could be challenged, especially if the chain of command or custody of the blood sample was not followed properly.
A police officer must have probable cause in order to initiate a traffic stop. If there was no probable cause present you might be able to argue that the stop was improper. Probable cause includes running a red light, speeding, road rage, reckless driving and many other activities.
You could also challenge the accuracy of the breath test administered. Was the device properly calibrated? Was the officer properly trained to use the device?
If you are hit with a drunk driving charge in Massachusetts it’s important to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney. You need to begin defending your rights as soon as possible.