Morrow and Artim can help you present the winning defense in a DUI case.
Charges from Driving Under the Influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) are hard to beat . . . but not impossible. The following are a 6 challenges that our office may make to your DUI charge if the facts present themselves.
- An officer cannot simply pull you over for no reason. You have to have exhibited some erratic driving. Erratic driving is not swaying back and forth in the lane a couple of times. Erratic driving is rapidly crossing the center line more than twice in a short period of time.
- Not just anyone can pull you over. For example, if you are pulled over on a private college campus by a city police officer, there are certain restrictions that officer must get around before pulling you over. This is called the officer’s jurisdiction. In the same sense, a college security guard has to jump through hoops to pull you over once you are off campus.
- You must be tested within 2 hours of driving. This does not mean 2 hours after your last drink.
- Field Sobriety Tests are not perfect. The one-legged stand, horizontal gaze nystagmus, and line walk are mere indicators of your sobriety. These tests are affected by the grade of the concrete, you fatigue, your shoes, the weather, lights, etc.
- Breathalyzer tests are not perfect and require precise calibration.
- You are permitted to drive under the influence of prescription drugs as long as you are taking your prescribed amounts. Be aware, though, that if your prescription warns you not to operate heavy machinery, it is harder to fight your case.
There is no guarantee that these challenges will beat your DUI charges. The Commonwealth continues to bend and change DUI laws to make them harder to fight. Our office has the experience to review these defenses, and others, to get you the best legal result possible.
At Morrow & Artim, we offer a no cost, no obligation review of your DUI or criminal law matter via a short telephone consult or an email reply. If both you and our firm agree that legal representation is required, an in-office appointment will be scheduled.Call Morrow & Artim today at 412-823-8003 to obtain the legal help that you deserve.