Getting stopped for a DUI in Washington doesn’t always mean that you will lose your driving privileges. If this is your first offense, you can usually expect at least some measure of leniency. Things may get even better if you can prove that the police made mistakes in the way that they handled your stop or DUI testing.
You can question the legitimacy of a stop
The first step of your criminal defense strategy for DUI could be to cast down on the legitimacy of your stop. The police officer who pulled you over needs to be able to show probable cause. This means that they must have observed you weaving through lanes, running over a curb, or otherwise acting suspiciously.
You may have been bullied by police
Another valid defense for a DUI charge will be to show that you were treated in a manner that was inappropriate. Police at a DUI checkpoint have to abide by very strict rules. They are not allowed to threaten or intimidate you in any way. If you can show their conduct was unbecoming, your DUI charges may be dropped.
Your DUI test may have been faulty
The officer who stopped you may have compelled you to take a breathalyzer test. This is a device for which extensive training is required. It needs to be given in a very precise manner. If the officer giving the test mishandles the equipment, the test results can be considered invalid.
You may be able to prove that the testing equipment was faulty. You may also be able to show strong evidence that there was something amiss in the way the test was given. If the court accepts your evidence, your charges may be dismissed.
Police make errors every day that result in the dismissal of DUI cases, and you are innocent until proven guilty. Doing your best to remember everything that happened during your traffic stop will very likely help you if you decide to fight any charges that are filed against you.