Many people arrested for DUI feel helpless and take the view that they have no option but to plead guilty. However, DUI charges can be successfully defended and it is always unwise to simply plead guilty without a thorough review of the evidence. There are a number of potential defenses to DUI, including insufficient probable cause to stop or arrest, lack of evidence of driving, evidence of drinking after driving, rising blood alcohol levels, medical defenses, or problems associated with breath or blood alcohol testing.
Defending DUI's in Los Angeles can be both complicated and difficult. If you have been arrested for DUI, you need to consult with a DUI Attorney in Los Angeles with experience in how to defend this serious criminal offense. Defenses often require expert testimony from a toxicologist relating to breath alcohol or blood alcohol testing. An exerienced DUI Defense Lawyer will work closely with a toxicologist to review the maintenance and calibration logs of the breath machine and examine the Officer's qualifications and the procedure followed in obtaining a breath or blood sample. If a blood test is given, a toxicologist can obtain a portion of the sample from the Crime Lab for independant testing for accuracy, level of preservative and potential bacterial growth.
There is often no obvious defense to DUI charges in Orange County or Los Angeles at the outset of a case, but following a thorough investigation, experienced DUI Lawyers can often find evidential problems or focus on the positive aspects of a case in convincing a Prosecutor to dismiss or reduce charges or convince a Jury that there is reasonable doubt.
If you have been arrested for a DUI, you cannot afford to plead guilty without exploring your options and without effective representation. Gold & Witham are specialist DUI Defense Lawyers with many years experience successfully defending DUI charges in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Call them for a free case evaluation at (800) 716-6791.