What Are the Most Common DUI Defenses?

Posted by Troy Slaten | Jul 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Football player Marshawn Lynch was arrested for DUI last year and still has not had a trial. The reason? His attorneys are still working on his defense. A recent article states that Lynch's attorneys filed a motion to suppress the evidence. This is one way to defend a DUI suspect.

The most common type of defense in a DUI case is to challenge the sobriety test results. Usually the strongest evidence that the prosecution has against you is the results from your sobriety test(s). When you are charged with a crime in the U.S., you must be found guilty ‘beyond a reasonable doubt'. This is beneficial to you because all you and your  criminal defense lawyer must do to receive a ‘not guilty' verdict is establish doubt that you were actually intoxicated. Your lawyer will often do this by arguing that the sobriety test results were invalid. When you have experienced DUI attorneys on your side, they can use their knowledge to explain to a jury how a sobriety test can be flawed. Field sobriety tests, for example, are often difficult for people to perform sober. People with poor balance or limited mobility will have a hard time with things like standing on one leg or walking in a straight line. Chemical tests of the blood or breath can be flawed in various ways as well. If you have been charged with a DUI in California, don't panic.

If you are charged with a DUI in California, the good news is that there are a number of defenses that you're an experienced California DUI attorney can use to fight your charges. Some DUI attorneys will not attempt to fight charges but simply coach you on how to plead ‘no contest' or try and get a lighter sentence in exchange for pleading ‘guilty'. At Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP, our lawyers believe that every case is defensible. Our attorneys have the legal insight to understand sobriety tests and different defenses that can be used. If you are facing DUI charges in California and want the best legal representation available, call our Los Angeles DUI attorneys now.

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Troy Slaten

Troy Slaten is the managing attorney for Floyd, Skeren & Kelly's Criminal Defense practice. He graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He then went on to earn his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law.


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