If you are facing DUI charges, you understand there is a lot on the line. Your future and your freedom could be at risk, and you understand the importance of properly fighting the charges against you. Michigan DUI laws are strict, and your quick action to seek help could be important for your defense.
One of the most basic elements of a DUI defense is understanding the nature of the case against you, starting with the original traffic stop. There must be appropriate grounds for a traffic stop, and law enforcement cannot violate your rights while talking to you or administering sobriety tests. If you think there was a problem with your arrest or the traffic stop, you may be able to fight the case against you.
Your rights and DUI traffic stops
Law enforcement cannot pull you over just because they want to. There must be valid evidence to stop a driver, and there must be a clear reason to ask a driver to submit to sobriety tests. A DUI arrest and the filing of formal charges typically follow these steps:
- Law enforcement observes erratic driving, such as swerving, speeding and braking for no reasons. This is valid grounds for a traffic stop.
- Police ask the driver to submit to certain sobriety tests, such as walking in a straight line or balancing on one leg.
- Police ask the driver to submit to a chemical test of his or her blood, breath or urine if field sobriety tests indicate possible intoxication.
Even if you believe that law enforcement had no reason to pull you over, refusal to comply with the submission of sobriety tests could lead to additional legal complications. This includes the loss of your driving privileges. You have the right to protect your interests and fight the case against you.
Defending your future
If you are facing DUI charges or you lose your license as a result of violating implied consent laws, you could face consequences that may include expensive fines, time behind bars and more.
It is never too early to start building a defense strategy that suits your needs and your objectives. You can reach out for help as soon as possible after an arrest and start fighting the specific DUI charges against you. An evaluation of your case can help you understand the legal options available for your situation, which may include challenging the grounds for the initial traffic stop.