There are a variety of methods for challenging DUI charges which is important for individuals facing DUI charges because of the serious potential penalties and consequences associated with a DUI charge. There can be both criminal penalties and administrative consequences associated with DUI charges which is why accused individuals need to know how to protect themselves.
Individuals who have been accused of drunk driving may have their license suspended, be required to pay a fine, be required to complete community service, be required to attend alcohol counseling and may be sentenced to time in jail. In addition, there are a variety of circumstances that are considered aggravating which may result in in harsher penalties and consequences associated with a DUI charge.
Individuals who have been accused of a DUI have important criminal defense rights. They enjoy protections against unreasonable searches and seizures which can apply to a stop of their vehicle that resulted in DUI charges. Authorities must meet the legal standard that is required to stop the vehicle and to administer tests such as field sobriety tests. In addition, police officers must be properly trained to administer the tests and tests, such as breathalyzer tests, must be properly maintained. Other circumstances may also give rise to a challenge of the charges the accused individual is facing.
DUI charges can have a real impact on the daily life of the accused individual which is why accused individuals need to be familiar with their criminal defense protections. Only by knowing what they are can accused individuals assert their rights to challenge the charges they are facing.