If you’re like many people, you know that an OWI conviction can be devastating – but is it even possible to defend against one? For most people, the best way to defend themselves against these types of charges is to work with a knowledgeable, experienced attorney who can help.
3 Possible OWI Defenses Your Attorney Might Use
Your attorney can help defend you against OWI charges in court. Every case is different, but there are several ways your attorney may choose to defend you. Some of the most common OWI defenses include:
- Breath test errors
- Lack of probable cause
- Unreliable field sobriety tests
Here’s a closer look at each.
Breath Test Errors in OWI Cases
Breath tests aren’t perfect. In fact, they make some common errors – and your attorney may choose to bring them up in your case. Some of the most common problems with tests that measure the alcohol on your breath include:
- Calibration errors
- Interference from radio frequencies
- Your own physiological and medical conditions
- Failure (on the police’s part) to properly maintain the system
These tests don’t measure the amount of alcohol in your blood, but only the alcohol in your blood (not the alcohol on your breath) can impair you. They don’t demonstrate your blood alcohol concentration, which can work in your favor in court.
Lack of Probable Cause in OWI Cases
Sometimes police don’t have probable cause to stop you, and sometimes they don’t have enough of a reason to legally arrest you. Really, whether an arrest is legal depends on the facts the police officer has when he or she chooses to arrest you. Some things can indicate that you’re impaired, like glassy or bloodshot eyes and difficulty with balance, but those things can be attributed to other causes, too. If that’s the case in your situation, your attorney may argue that your stop or arrest was unjustified.
Unreliable Field Sobriety Tests in OWI Cases
Field sobriety tests aren’t really accurate predictors of whether you’re impaired. Even when these tests are administered properly, they’re not right often enough. You may be asked to walk in a straight line, recite the alphabet backward or balance on one foot – but there are people who can’t do those things when they’re not impaired, as well.
What Should You Do if You’re Accused of OWI?
An OWI conviction can change your life, so generally, it’s a good idea to get legal advice from an experienced OWI lawyer. Call our office at 414-383-6700 today to find out how we can help you.