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How can you defend yourself against drunk driving charges?

If you are facing charges involving the operation of a vehicle while intoxicated, you could be facing penalties that may change the course of your life. You know that a strong defense is crucial, but do you know where you begin with this process? You would be wise to start working on your defense strategy as soon as possible after an arrest or the filing of formal charges.

Even if you do not see how, it is possible to effectively defend against drunk driving charges. Whether it's your first offense or you have previous drunk driving convictions on your record, your future is worth protecting. With experienced legal counsel and a carefully crafted defense approach, you can challenge the case against you and preserve your rights and personal freedom.

The right approach

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to defending against drunk driving charges. The right way to confront the case against you depends on your situation, including your criminal history and the details of your arrest. Some of the most common drunk driving defenses include:

  • Invalid traffic stop -- Law enforcement must have a valid reason to stop a driver, called reasonable suspicion. Without it, a traffic stop is invalid.
  • Problems with Breathalyzer -- If police do not use the Breathalyzer apparatus properly, it can lead to inaccurate results. These devices also need regular maintenance and calibration.
  • Chain of custody problems -- If there is an issue with the chain of custody of a blood or urine sample, it could compromise results. These samples require careful handling by trained professionals. 

These are only a few examples of how you can present a strong defense against drunk driving charges. A careful investigation of your case can help you understand the options available to you and reveal how you should move forward. Your case is unique, and you can uniquely craft your defense strategy to your individual objectives and concerns. 

Don't fight alone

There is a lot at stake for you when facing a DWI in New York. You do not have to face these charges alone, but you will benefit from the help and guidance of an experienced defense attorney. A conviction will be on your permanent record, compromising your future opportunities, personal freedom and even your right to drive. When fighting back, you would be wise to make sure you're doing it the right way -- with a knowledgeable legal ally advocating for you.

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