Fighting a DUI in Tennessee
What you need to know
In Tennessee, a DUI conviction can result in a lost license and significant fees. Multiple convictions can result in jail time. Many individuals facing a DUI offense make the false assumption that a charge is an automatic conviction. This is not the case. In fact, these charges are frequently reduced or dismissed with the help of a committed Tennessee DUI attorney.
One potential avenue of error in a DUI case is the roadside stop. Before a police officer can pull someone over he or she has to have probable cause to do so. Observable factors such as speeding, failing to abide by traffic signs, or erratic driving can constitute probable cause. These can also, however, be indicative of a vehicle defect, damage to the road, or other driver distractions.
Additionally, there are explicit procedures that law enforcement officers must abide by when performing these stops and administering sobriety tests. When a procedural error is committed, a seasoned DUI defense attorney can leverage these omissions to fight the resulting DUI charge. Similarly, police officers can make errors at other points in the process, for example in drafting the report or administering breathalyzer tests.
Just as individuals involved in the process can make mistakes, machines and medical tests can malfunction or become tainted. Breathalyzer tests are not infallible. An accurate reading depends on both the person administering the test and the proper functioning of the machine. When an error results on either end, these tests can give an inaccurate read on blood alcohol content. Blood and urine tests can also be improperly administered, interpreted, or reported.
As is true with other criminal cases, the burden is on the state to prove your guilt. Unfortunately, many people do not know their rights and cannot readily identify errors made in the process. Without an experienced DUI defense attorney’s vital help fighting a Tennessee DUI charge, the state often prevails. The attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley and Haley in Murfreesboro TN have provided tenacious DUI defense to clients for more than four decades. They help countless clients beat or reduce penalties associated with a DUI. Call today for a free initial consultation.