Denver DUI Attorneys Disprove Police Evidence
Despite multiple factors that would point towards intoxication, the Denver DUI lawyers at Fife Luneau, P.C. were able to argue in the favor of their client in the case of People v. D.M. In this case, the defendant was facing charges of DUI and DWAI in the Jefferson County court. Law enforcement alleged that the defendant could not stand up, smelled of alcohol, had unsteady balance, and spoke in slurred speech. In addition, the accused was said to have bloodshot, watery eyes and submitted to a breath test with a result of 0.120. Although the evidence was substantial, our team was able to reach an acquittal for our client.
Avenues of Defense in DUI and DWAI Cases
As criminal defense attorneys, we must dissect all evidence and tests run by law enforcement to check for discrepancies or mistakes made by the arresting officer. We have several avenues of defense for DUI and DWAI charges.
Ways to prove defense include:
- Driving defense: This would involve proving that you were not the person driving or operating the vehicle.
- Arrest procedure defense: This includes proving that they did or did not have probable cause to make a traffic stop, that they failed to give Miranda warnings, that they had probable cause (or not) to believe a DUI arrest was warranted, and that field sobriety tests were administered properly.
- Officer testimony defense: It is our job to challenge law enforcement testimony in your case; primarily to disprove their observations of impairment. These observations may include smelling alcohol, judging your driving, their observation of speech patterns and the “bloodshot” level of your eyes.
- Witness defense: Not only can we question the credibility of the witnesses that the prosecution uses, we can also introduce witnesses that can help your defense. If someone was on scene and saw things in a different light, their testimony
Most cases are built upon the officer’s observations and impressions of the defendant at the time of the traffic stop. These are usually subject to criticism because the officer is not typically familiar with your “sober” mannerism, balance, and driving capabilities. Challenging the testimony of the officer’s observations can prove difficult, but with knowledge, experience and confidence, our team can handle the job. You can rest assured that as your attorneys, we will fight for your rights and assess all options for defense in your case.
If you are facing criminal charges due to a traffic stop, you need practiced legal counsel from our team of Denver DUI and DWAI attorneys at Fife Luneau, P.C. We are available 24/7 by phone at (720) 408-7130 or contact us here.