The officer who pulled the individual over believes there are grounds to take the person in and file charges of driving while impaired. As it happens, the person charged is not in agreement. One approach would be to pay the court costs, accept the verdict, and then deal with the aftermath. Another approach is to seek legal counsel and determine what needs to be done. Here are some of the reasons why the latter approach makes sense.
The Matter of Probable Cause
What was it that motivated the office to pull over the individual in the first place? Was the individual speeding or driving erratically? A lawyer will delve deeply into the motivation and determine if there was a solid reason for choosing to take the action. What the lawyer finds will have a direct bearing on what course of action should be pursued.
Analyzing the Results
The right lawyer understands exactly how to read the results of any field tests and other tests conducted after the individual was taken into custody. This is important, since checking those specifics could raise some question as to whether now a DWI charge was warranted. A lawyer will know the laws that apply and what sort of results would justify the action. That same lawyer would be able to analyze the results and determine if they indicate the client did not pose a danger to anyone else on the road.
Is a Trial the Right Approach?
Based on the evaluation of all relevant information, choosing to seek a day in court may be the best approach for the individual. After all, a conviction of DWI can cause issues for quite a few years. Unless there is irrefutable evidence that the party is guilty of the offense, the lawyer will likely want to have the matter heard before a judge and do whatever is legally possible to protect the interests of the client.
Don’t assume that mounting a defense would be an exercise in futility. Visit fanneylaw.com today and arrange for a consultation. Doing so will be the first step in determining what course of action is right for the situation, and making plans to follow that course to the end.