Seeing the flashing lights of a police car in your rearview mirror can ruin an enjoyable evening out. One minute you were driving home from dinner, and the next you have a police officer outside of your car window because of suspected drunk driving. This is a serious situation. Do you know what to do next?
DUI charges in Illinois come with various penalties that are quite serious. This can include time behind bars, loss of driving privileges and more. You know that you need to fight back for the sake of your future interests, but is there anything you can really do except plead guilty and accept the consequences? In reality, there are several approaches you can take with a defense strategy that will allow you to effectively confront the charges against you.
Which one is best?
Every case is different. The right approach for your DUI defense strategy depends on your goals, the details of your individual case and more. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to fighting drunk driving charges, but the following are some of the most common types of defense plans:
- If the traffic stop that led to your arrest was improper or illegal, it could undermine the entire case against you. It is worthwhile to carefully examine the circumstances of that interaction with police.
- If there were problems with the Breathalyzer, it could lead to inaccurate results. In turn, this could lead to an improper arrest and invalid charges against you.
- If you had a blood test and there were problems with the chain of custody of the sample, it could affect results. You can fight back against an improper handling of samples or improper testing techniques.
The above are only a few examples of how you can fight back against DUI charges. It is not always easy to know when there are problems with the prosecution’s case, let alone what you can do to protect yourself. This is why it is extremely helpful to seek an evaluation of your case as soon as possible after an arrest.
A future worth fighting for
Whether it is your first offense or you have previous DUI convictions on your record, your future is worth fighting for. You would be wise to take quick action to learn more about the legal options available to you by seeking experienced counsel.