4 potential DUI defenses

On Behalf of | Dec 13, 2023 | DUI/DWI Defense |

Driving under the influence charges in New Jersey can have severe consequences, but there are potential defenses that may help challenge these charges.

It is important to be aware of these options to navigate the legal system effectively.

1. Lack of probable cause

One defense strategy involves questioning the officer’s initial reasons for pulling you over. In New Jersey, law enforcement must have a valid reason, known as probable cause, to stop your vehicle. If there was no clear reason for the traffic stop or if the officer lacked sufficient evidence to establish probable cause, it may weaken the prosecution’s case.

2. Faulty field sobriety tests

Field sobriety tests, such as walking in a straight line or standing on one leg, are common during a DUI stop. These tests aim to assess a driver’s coordination and balance. However, various factors, such as medical conditions, nervousness or environmental conditions, can contribute to inaccurate results.

3. Inaccurate breath test results

Breath tests are commonly used to measure blood alcohol content. However, these devices are not infallible. Issues such as improper calibration, maintenance, or administration can lead to inaccurate readings. Challenging the reliability of the results can be a viable defense strategy, especially if there is evidence of equipment malfunction or operator error.

4. Medical conditions or medications

Certain medical conditions and medications can mimic the effects of alcohol impairment. If you have a medical condition or take prescribed medications that could impact your ability to perform field sobriety tests or affect your BAC, it may serve as a valid defense in court.

In 2022, U.S. law enforcement arrested 651,889 people for DUIs. By exploring different defense strategies, individuals can make informed decisions and seek the best possible outcome in their legal proceedings.


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