You are standing before the judge for the first time. Perhaps you are generally a law abiding citizen who made a stupid mistake or associated with the wrong people. Perhaps you have been around the block once or twice. Maybe you’re guilty and maybe your innocent. One thing’s for certain – you need a lawyer.
If you qualify, you can apply for a public defender at little to no cost to yourself. However, if you have bonded out of jail, chances are you won’t get a public defender. And while the public defender’s office is staffed with competent attorneys, the unfortunate fact of the matter is that they are overwhelmed with cases and simply cannot give your case the care and consideration that a private attorney can.
We have experience handling all sorts of criminal cases, from traffic tickets and municipal infractions to misdemeanors and serious felony offenses. We know the judges and we know the law. We can make sure that your side of the story is told and that your rights are preserved.
Here’s a little known fact… Not everyone who is charged with a DWI was impaired while they were driving! Standardized field sobriety tests are reliable enough when performed correctly under normal circumstances. But if the officer performs the test wrong, sober drivers can fail and be charged with a DWI.
Likewise, a portable breath test makes certain assumptions about your breath to estimate the level of alcohol in the blood. If these assumptions hold true, then the test may accurately estimate your blood alcohol – at the time you are taking the test. But there are no breath tests which travel back in time and test your breath when you were driving the car. As you are pulled over by the officer, your blood alcohol level could be rising as your body is absorbing the ethanol. In other words, you could be driving within the legal limit when the officer pulls you over, but as the officer administers the sobriety tests your body continues to absorb and digest ethanol so that you test at a higher level than you were driving.
If you are charged with driving while intoxicated, but you question whether you really had too much to drink, give me a call. You need an attorney who knows how and why the standardized field sobriety tests are supposed to be done and who can catch mistakes when they are made.