The COVID-19 lockdowns and limits on restaurant and bar openings and crowd size restrictions have had a positive effect on DUI/DWI arrests. Fewer people out, fewer arrests. But as these restrictions are easing up, it’s important to keep in mind the tragic and deadly consequences that can result from drunk driving.
Many officers might be so anxious to arrest drunk drivers as the local bar traffic increases that they might make wrongful arrests. If you are arrested for DUI in Fargo, here’s what you should know.
What to Do If You’re Pulled Over
There’s ample reason for more DUI arrests now, but unfortunately, the police may sometimes jump the gun and detain people without adequate suspicion of drunk driving. Officers have been known to pull cars over with false justification just to see if a driver has been drinking. This is particularly common late at night, and near entertainment districts. If you believe you or a loved one was unfairly arrested, the first thing you’ll want to do is obtain qualified legal defense counsel.
There are many ways to challenge a DUI charge, whether or not chemical tests showed a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.08 percent (the legal limit for most drivers). Some matters of investigation include:
- Whether or not the breathalyzer malfunctioned or was properly calibrated and used
- Whether officers administered field sobriety tests properly
- Whether or not the traffic stop was justified by reasonable suspicion you had violated a law
- Whether any medical conditions were misunderstood as “signs of intoxication”
- Whether the arresting officer had inconsistent testimony about the stop and observations of intoxication
- Whether there is a basis for any aggravating factors alleged
We work to find holes in the prosecutor’s case and ensure law enforcement officers do not get away with violating your rights.
DUIs can have serious consequences, including fines, probation, losing your driver’s license, and even possible jail time. You want the best possible defense to minimize the effects of a DUI charge on your future.
Consult with a Fargo DUI Lawyer Immediately
If you were arrested and/or charged with DUI/DWI, you can count on our experienced DUI defense attorneys to defend your rights and your future. Get in touch with Fargo criminal defense lawyer Tatum O’Brien by email or the legal team of O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Attorneys by phone at 701-235-8000 or 877-235-8002 toll-free to learn more.