Most people are tempted to plead guilty to Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charges after being arrested. While this can help you resolve your case immediately, pleading guilty may not be the best solution.
Pleading guilty takes away your chances to resolve your case using other legal options. The circumstances during your arrest can impact your options and whether or not you will ultimately be convicted. Therefore, it is advisable to consult a DUI attorney before you consider pleading guilty.
Reasons Why You Should Not Plead Guilty
- Issues with the Field Sobriety Tests
Field sobriety tests may not necessarily offer reliable results when detecting drug impairment, and according to recent studies, the tests are only 65-77% accurate. Bad weather conditions, poor lighting, uneven surface, intimidation from the arresting agency, or poor footwear can sometimes cause behavior that arresting officers believe to be signs of impairment. Moreover, field sobriety tests must be conducted in a very specific manner, and any deviation from the protocol could be grounds for barring evidence from the field sobriety test.
- Lack of a Probable Cause to Make the Traffic Stop
The arresting officer has to have probable cause for stopping, detaining, or arresting you. If the officer did not have a reasonable belief that you were under the influence of alcohol while you were driving, then you could make a strong case that your constitutional rights were violated.
- Issues with Unreliable Breath Tests
Breath tests commonly check for alcohol content using breathalyzers, and they have become an essential tool for Driving Under Influence enforcement. However, studies reveal that most of these devices are unreliable. In some cases, breathalyzer manufacturing companies ignore the breathalyzer's internal flaws or programming. At best, these devices can only provide an estimation of your blood alcohol content.
In addition, the agent using the breathalyzer may not be competent enough to use the device. If you have doubts about the validity of the breath test results, you should avoid pleading guilty and reach out to a DUI attorney.
- Police Misconduct
Police misconduct is any activity that violates police guidelines during law enforcement. The misconduct can involve police brutality, coerced confessions, tampering with evidence, and theft. If you are a victim of police misconduct during your arrest, then you might have a strong defense against your DUI charges.
- Constitutional Violations
The United States Constitution prohibits the police from using excessive force or violating the civil rights of individuals during law enforcement. In some cases, the arresting officer may abuse their powers and deprive the suspects of their rights to remain silent and refuse to answer questions. If you are a victim of unlawful detention, false arrest, or other civil rights violations, the court could dismiss the evidence presented by the prosecution.
Need Help with Your DWI Case? Contact Hunt Law Today
If you have been arrested for a DWI offense in Ohio, you need to remain calm and seek the aid of a Youngstown DUI attorney. At Hunt Law, we will offer you the quality advice and legal representation you need for your case. Contact us online or call us at (330) 469-9836 to schedule a consultation with our lead attorney, Adam Hunt.