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What are the most common drunk driving defenses?

Nobody wants to be pulled over, arrested and charged with driving under the influence. However, thousands upon thousands of people find themselves in this position every year.

As stressed out as you may be, it's important to remember one thing: There are many drunk driving defense strategies that can help you avoid a conviction. Your goal is to learn more about each one, ensuring that you implement the strategy that gives you the best chance of success in the courtroom.

Here are some of the most common drunk driving defenses:

-- Improper stop. This is the most common defense strategy, with your legal team arguing that the officer did not have probable cause for making the traffic stop.

-- Inaccurate field sobriety test. It's important for the officer to properly administer field sobriety tests as to ensure accurate results. If this doesn't happen, an arrest could be ruled improper.

-- Administration and accuracy of a Breathalyzer test. Not only can the administration of the test be challenged, but so can the results.

-- Increasing blood alcohol concentration level. This is when you claim that your blood alcohol concentration level was below the legal limit while driving, but increased by the time the breath test was administered.

As you can see, there are many drunk driving defenses to consider. In some cases, your legal team may use more than one in order to prove that you shouldn't have been charged with a crime. A conviction for DUI can have a tremendous effect on your life, both professionally and personally. With your help, your attorney will work to minimize the chances of a conviction and mitigate the potential penalties.

Source: FindLaw, "Defenses to Drunk Driving," accessed Dec. 30, 2016

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