Why is an Expert DUI Lawyer Important?
Perhaps more than any other criminal offense, experience working on similar cases is essential to a DUI attorney’s ability to present a successful defense. While many criminal defense attorneys may have decades of experience working with clients who face other charges, a DUI or DWI charge requires special knowledge. A family law or general criminal defense background does little to educate an attorney on how to defend a client against this type of charge.
Grant Bettencourt has helped thousands of clients over the past five years, and a large portion of those have been DUI cases. If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI, it’s important to seek experienced representation immediately. Fill out the consultation form below, anytime and day/night of the week.
You Can be Charged with a DUI / DWI if Your Results are Lower Than the Legal Limit
Much of the case against someone who is accused of drunk driving hinges on proving that the defendant had a blood alcohol level of .08 or above (if they are of legal drinking age). However, some cases are charged with DUI or DWI even when their blood alcohol is lower than .08.
Testing this accurately requires that the arresting officers followed strict protocols that are ripe with technicalities and dependent on high tech equipment that must be maintained and calibrated regularly.
Hire a Lawyer That’s Had the Most DUI / DWI Cases
It is not uncommon for a person to be arrested and charged with DUI or DWI based on improper procedures or incorrect test results. A well-trained DUI attorney thoroughly reviews these results, as well as all of the other circumstances of the arrest. If there are any improper procedures or reasons to question the test results, the charges or penalties could be reduced, or the charges could be dismissed altogether.
Breath testing machines such as the Breathalyzer must be calibrated correctly and the testing must be carried out in a certain way in order to ensure accuracy. Only an experienced DWI lawyer will be familiar enough with this process to ask the right questions and determine if an inaccurate result lies at the heart of a DUI charge. In addition, there are detailed laws about the maintenance and use of these machines.
Similarly, blood testing requires very strict protocols to ensure accuracy. An expert DUI attorney checks that this process was done correctly as a routine part of building a defense for his or her clients. If there is any question about the accuracy of blood alcohol test results, the lawyer can argue that the test results be suppressed or thrown out. This often leads to a reduction or dismissal of the charges.
We Know the DUI Laws and Testing Technology
For lawyers who do not have extensive experience in DUI/DWI law, achieving this feat is nearly impossible. It requires an expertise that a general criminal defense attorney does not have. Without specific knowledge of the local DUI laws and specialized testing technology, problems with the arrest procedure or test results may be overlooked. This may lead to a conviction when an expert DUI or DWI lawyer could have the charges dismissed.
Those who have been charged with a drunk driving offense in California need expert legal support from a specialized DUI attorney. At The Law Offices of Grant Bettencourt, we can offer our expertise to anyone living in California and we can meet clients at one of our offices in Orange or Long Beach.
We have demonstrated experience defending clients against DUI and DWI charges, including have charges dropped due to improper protocols or issues with testing. To schedule a consultation with Grant Bettencourt, make an appointment online today.