Getting a Destin DUI Charge Reduced or Dismissed
Posted on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at 7:03 pm
If you have been charged with a DUI in Destin, you probably have a lot of questions. One of them might be whether there is any way to get the DUI charge knocked down to Reckless Driving, or dismissed altogether. If so, you are not alone. It’s one of the most common questions that clients ask us.
We know you’re worried about the possible consequences if you are convicted of DUI – about how it will affect your ability to drive, and what impact it will have on your career. If you’re in the military, you already know how devastating a DUI conviction can be.
At Flaherty Defense Firm, our #1 responsibility is to fight for the very best possible result for every client, in every case. How does this apply to DUI cases? In every DUI case we defend in Destin, we seek to get the charge either reduced or dismissed.
Here are a few steps we take in all of our DUI cases:
Investigate The Traffic Stop
We will look for factual and legal issues that could support the basis for a Motion To Suppress Evidence. We will investigate whether the officer had a sufficient basis to stop your vehicle. We will also examine whether the officer had enough evidence to detain you and hold you for field sobriety testing. In order to do this, we will need to carefully review the police reports, witness statements, and any video evidence that may exist.
Attack The Field Sobriety Tests
Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) are an area of controversy because they are so subjective. Essentially, it is up to the officer to decide whether you “passed” or not. Obviously, that is open to interpretation, especially in a situation where the person making the decision is biased against you.
Recently, we purchased the complete set of training manuals that the police use. These are the same manuals that they use to administer and grade performance on FSTs. This knowledge gives us the ammunition we need to challenge every step the officers took in investigating your DUI case.
Challenge The Breath Test
For a lot of so-called “DUI Experts” in Destin, if their client “blew” over the limit, it’s game over. They simply accept the evidence at face value and plead their clients guilty. Needless to say, that is not how we operate here at Flaherty Defense Firm.
Challenging Intoxilyzer 8000 results is by far the most technical part of defending a DUI case. Understanding how breath alcohol is measured, and how the Intoxilyzer operates, gives us the ability to look for flaws or problems with this evidence. If these flaws are serious enough, it could possibly lead to the breath alcohol results being suppressed.
How Do I Pick The Right DUI Attorney In Destin?
At Flaherty Defense Firm, we have been practicing DUI and criminal defense exclusively for over 13 years. We know the Judges and the Prosecutors and we can offer you specific advice about how that affects your case.
If getting the best possible result is important to you, you need a DUI defense lawyer that you feel comfortable with. You need an attorney who will develop and execute an effective strategy to obtain the best result possible.
I would be glad to talk with you about your case, so if you’d like to see what a professional Destin DUI attorney can do for you, call Flaherty Defense Firm 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (850) 243-6097.