If you have been accused of driving while intoxicated (DWI), you might feel like your best bet is to plead guilty, pay the fine and be done with it. You might think that a failed Breathalyzer test means that your fate is sealed.
Well, none of these is true. The reality is that there are several ways of defending yourself. Here are some of them:
You were illegally stopped
In Texas, the police cannot pull you over for no apparent reason. If the police pull you over without reasonable suspicion or merely on a “gut feeling,” then you can use this as a valid defense during your DWI trial.
The field sobriety tests were inaccurate
There are three main field sobriety tests that law enforcement officers administer to establish probable cause for drunk driving arrest. If any of these tests are not conducted as per the standard procedure, then you may have ground to challenge its validity.
The breathalyzer test was not administered properly
One of the ways the police can establish your blood alcohol level (BAC) is through the Breathalyzer test. However, for your breath test result to be accurate, the equipment must be properly calibrated and the administering officer must have sufficient training to perform the test. You can challenge the validity of your breath alcohol content test result if you believe it was inaccurate.
Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense with serious repercussions. If you are charged with DWI in Texas, it is important that you explore your defense options so you can have the charges against you dropped.