There are many components to a DUI charge and arrest. Law enforcement officers observe the physical characteristics of any person under suspicion of driving under the influence. Observations are made during the initial traffic stop, the field sobriety test, and the subsequent arrest. If you are facing a recent DUI arrest, it is important to get representation from an Orange County DUI attorney who may find alternative explanations for the various observations recorded by the arresting officers.
It is common for Orange County DUI attorneys to uncover inconsistencies in the police officer’s report. In most situations, the arresting officer will fill out an Alcohol Influence Report that is intended to detail the officer’s perceptions of the DUI suspect. One common inconsistency involves a situation in which the blood alcohol content (BAC) of a suspect is particularly high in comparison with the observations made in the Alcohol Influence Report. This could suggest inaccuracies in the chemical analysis of the suspect’s blood alcohol concentration. An experienced Orange County DUI attorney will assuredly advocate his or her client with regard to these potential chemical incompatibilities.
It is also common for a field sobriety test to be recorded on video. If your behavior on camera is favorable and does not indicate clear intoxication, this can lessen the impact of the Alcohol Influence Report in the event is it inconsistent with the video. If the police had the opportunity to video tape the field sobriety test and failed to do so, this could indicate bad faith or could lead to a dismissal of the charges. In addition, the United States Supreme Court has held that prosecutors are required to reveal the evidence contained in a field sobriety test video, even if it is very detrimental to the state.
If you are looking for a knowledgeable and experienced Orange County DUI attorney, call Staycie R. Sena at (949)477-8088 today for a free consultation.