Florida DUI Defense
If you’ve been charged with a DUI in the state of Florida, you are facing some serious financial and legal consequences. That’s why now, more than ever, you need an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney in your court.
Challenges to the Charges
There are a number of lines of attack available to defense attorneys in a DUI case. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, these may be considered:
- Challenging the Stop: Why were you pulled over initially? If you broke a law, like, say, running a red light, meandering across lanes, or speeding, there is likely grounds for a stop. But if you were pulled over simply for pulling out of a bar’s parking lot, there may not be sufficient grounds for a stop in the first place.
- Challenging Field Sobriety Tests: None of the accepted tests to determine field sobriety are accurate to 100 percent. Assuming the arresting officer administers the tests properly, there are many factors besides one’s level of inebriation that could certainly impact one’s performance, such as a person’s age and physical stamina, injuries, weight, and footwear.
- Challenging the Arrest: It’s possible an officer did not have probable cause to actually arrest you, or that they failed to Mirandize you, making the arrest worth challenging.
- Challenging the breathalyzer: If the breathalyzer was improperly calibrated, the results are not trustworthy. Beyond that, there are a number of things that might lead to a corrupt result, including mouthwash or breath mints. Finally, the room in which you were tested could cause a false reading if there are varnish or other materials releasing fumes. Finally, was the breathalyzer properly administered? Did officers observe you for a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the test, ensuring there was nothing in your mouth during that period? Was the test able to obtain air from deep within your lungs? If not, the results may not be admissible.
- Challenging the blood test: There are a number of potential challenges to blood taken for a DUI test, starting with the equipment. Was it in proper working order? Was the blood properly stored? Was the blood drawn by a certified officer or phlebotomist?
- Challenging the Chain of Evidence: Were test results and the chain of evidence properly documented. Any gaps could make the results inadmissible.
- Challenging Testimony: How well does an officer’s testimony match up with initial reports? Can the qualifications of the individuals involved be put into question? Were procedures properly followed?
Moving Quickly in Defense
The Miami DUI defense lawyers At the Law Office of Julia Kefalimos will have no compunction about challenging any and all aspects of your DUI case, and will always fight for the best outcomes for you. Schedule a confidential consultation in our office today.