Hartford, CT- A DUI arrest can have a number of negative implications for a person facing these charges. If convicted, a person can receive jail time, have their license revoked, take a hit to their record to top it all off, a DUI charge is expense often costing the offender thousands of dollars.
If an individual decides they want to challenge a drunken or drugged driving charge, they will have will need a Hartford DUI attorney who will aggressively pursue a number of defense strategies in order to help you avoid a DUI conviction.
A DUI conviction in Connecticut can result in a maximum of 6 months in jail suspension, of your driver’s license for a minimum of six months.
Experienced attorneys have a number of possible defenses they can present on your behalf. Each case is different, at Melocowsky & Melocowsky Attorneys at Law we will rigorously explore every aspect of your arrest and determine the most effective defense strategy.
It is always pertinent to question whether the arresting had reasonable suspicion to stop you or place you under arrest. Police first assume a person is intoxicated by observing their driving ability and there is room for error. Many times people can make a driving error without being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and this can lead to an unjust and unnecessary arrest.
Before an officer pulls an individual over they have must have the reasonable suspicion that a crime is being committed. For instance, an attorney can question whether the driver actually committed a traffic violation or was there driving putting themselves or others at risk? The U.S. Constitution forbids police from stopping a motorist solely for investigatory purposes, so a DUI attorney will first ask: did the officer have a valid reason to stop the driver in the first place?
A driver error or erratic driving is not enough to arrest an individual so police rely on field sobriety tests to determine if a driver is intoxicated. Field sobriety tests assess the driver’s coordination, balance and cognitive abilities. Even the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the federal agency which established the standards for field sobriety testing admits there are a number of reasons including obesity, age, previous injuries to the back, legs, or ankles. Additionally, a brain injury, diabetes and other health problems can affect a person’s coordination and they can perform poorly during these tests.
Police also ask drivers they suspect of being intoxicated to submit to a breathalyzer test. While drivers can refuse this take a breathalyzer, the state of Connecticut has an implied consent law, which means a driver can have their license automatically revoked for a year if they refuse to take a breathalyzer or submit to a chemical test.
Your Hartford DUI attorney can also challenging the results of breathalyzer tests. It is possible for breathalyzers to give inaccurate readings, especially if they are not regularly calculated or the suspected driver has health problems such as diabetes. Drivers can give false positive results on breathalyzers if they have consumed cough syrup, used a breath spray, mouthwash or lip balm.
These are among the many ways we at Collins, Deans, and Melocowsky, will challenge the validity of your DUI charge. It is also possible to negotiate with prosecutors for a lesser charge. Since each case is unique, you can contact one of our offices located in Glastonbury, Hartford and Farmington, to discuss you DUI and determine the defense strategy which will help you avoid conviction. We will approach your case in a way that will best benefit you.