Everyone makes mistakes--but when a police officer makes one, it could result in the arrest and conviction of an innocent person.If you are currently facing driving under the influence (DUI) charges in Savannah, you should immediately contact Attorney Elmer H. (Pete) Young. As a trained DUI defense attorney, Mr. Young can closely examine your case to determine if any police mistakes were made in order to prepare your defense.
From pulling you over to administrating the breathalyzer test, officers are required to follow the proper protocol. Failure to adhere to police guidelines at any point could result in the suppression of important evidence or even the dismissal of your charges. Therefore, if your attorney can find any evidence that the officer made a mistake, it can go a long way in helping your case.
The first thing your lawyer will do is review the police report and any video evidence from the patrol car documenting your initial traffic stop, performance on the field sobriety tests, and arrest. Particular items of interest include whether or not the officer had probable cause to pull you over and how the field sobriety tests were administered. In addition, your lawyer will try to determine if your Miranda Rights were explained after your drunk-driving arrest.
In Georgia, you can be charged with drunk-driving if you were over the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit of .08%--even if your ability to drive was not compromised. To find your BAC, the officer may ask you to take a breathalyzer test. However, if the officer fails to follow the 15-minute observation guideline (meaning, he or she watches you for 15 minutes before the test to ensure you do not vomit or consume anything) or incorrectly administers the test, your attorney can file a motion to suppress the breathalyzer reading.
Mr. Young--one of the top DUI defense attorneys in Savannah--has undergone a number of courses on forensic evidence as well as the training that law enforcement agents take to administer breathalyzer and field sobriety tests. Thanks to his knowledge, he can help if the police made a mistake in your case.