Surprising defenses to drunk driving charges

Facing drunk driving charges is never something anyone wants to do, but we all make mistakes from time to time. However, a drunk driving conviction can carry serious consequences and affect many areas of your life, so it is always wise to consult with an attorney to identify ways you might fight the charges. Depending on the nature of your arrest, there a number of defense strategies a skilled attorney can help you employ.

Even if you do not contest the fact that you were drunk at the time of your arrest, you may be able to argue against the charges anyway. For instance, you may be able to claim that you were driving while intoxicated due to some specific duress, such as potential injury or death, or to avoid injury. This might prove effective if you were on the way to get medical help for yourself or someone else, or if you were fleeing danger of some kind.

It is also possible, in some cases, to argue that you either didn't know you were intoxicated, or didn't know that you had ingested alcohol. For instance, if you had two beers over the course of two hours at a bar, it is reasonable to assume that you were no longer above the legal limit. Similarly, if you drank something that you did not know was alcoholic, you could possibly claim involuntary intoxication.

Each of these defenses are legally viable in certain circumstances, but it takes a skilled, experienced attorney to determine when to use each of them. Still, there is no point in letting charges stand unchallenged. If you recently received drunk driving charges, don't wait any longer to reach out to an experienced attorney to identify your options for fighting the charges and protecting your rights.

Source: FindLaw, "Defenses to Drunk Driving," accessed May 04, 2017

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