Do I Need A Lawyer?
In today's technological world there are many things that we can do on our own that we never dreamed of, we pump our own gas, bank online, and book international travel from the comfort of our home. However, there are still some things that you should turn to an expert for, the defense of a DUI charge is one of those things that you should never try to handle on your own.
When an individual is first arrested and charged with a DUI in Cherokee County he or she may look to the Internet in order to find guidance concerning their case. This may be a good starting point but you should not attempt to represent yourself in court. Contact the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson immediately. An experienced DUI attorney in Cherokee County, Georgia will be able to look at the unique features of your charge and develop the best DUI defense for your specific case.
Each court system is unique and has local customs and procedure. That is why it is so critical that you recruit a good Cherokee DUI attorney to handle your charges and help develop a strong DUI defense for your charges.
Some major examples of DUI legal defenses are:
1. Was there reasonable suspicion to stop the vehicle?
2. If there was a roadblock, did the police follow the Constitutionally accepted procedures such as:
a. Did the officer have a legitimate purpose such as check for licenses, not general law enforcement?
b. Was every vehicle stopped?
c. Was the roadblock properly marked?
d. Did a police supervisor approve the checkpoint and its legitimate purpose?
e. Having the detention be brief and for the correct legal purpose
3. Was the stop a pretext or was someone racially profiled?
4. Were field sobriety tests performed and demonstrated in a manner consistent with proper police training?
5. Were you properly advised of their implied consent rights and were your questions answered correctly?
6. Did the arresting officer say anything inconsistent with implied consent rights?
7. If the driver's vehicle was searched, was there probable cause to search the vehicle?
8. Did the officer inform the driver of his or her 5th Amendment right to remain silent after the arrest (Miranda Rights)?
9. Was there Probable Cause to make the arrest for DUI?
10. If a breath test was given, was the machine working and serviced correctly?
11. If there was a blood test, was there a proper chain of custody of the blood, or could the sample be switched with another person's sample?
12. If there was a urine test, was there a proper chain of custody followed?
13. If the blood or urine test shows prescription drugs, were the drug levels within the therapeutic range or the abusive range?
14. Were you informed of your right to an independent breath, blood, or urine test?
15. Was the officer properly trained to make DUI Arrests?
16. Did the officer have a disciplinary record?
17. If the blood or urine test shows the presence of marijuana metabolites, are the metabolites active THC or inactive; meaning, could the marijuana have actually had an impact on the driving itself?
18. If there was an accident, could the other driver have been at fault?
19. If there was an accident, could the driver have appeared impaired because of injury or disassociation from the accident itself?
20. Did the airbag deploy in an accident, thereby causing the driver to become dazed and confused?
The 20 defense methods mentioned above are just a fraction of the myriad of DUI defense that can be utilized to effectively and efficiently resolve your case. If possible the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson will try to have your charges reduced or completely dismissed if the evidence in you case is too weak to go to trial. In order to preserve your freedom contact our firm today, your best DUI defense begins here.