The Biggest Misconception after a DUI Arrest
There are always two sides to every story and, contrary to popular belief, the story told by a DUI arrest in Southern California is not necessarily true, regardless of what a blood alcohol test may reveal. Many people who are arrested for driving under the influence automatically believe that their best course of action is to plead guilty. After all, an illegal BAC percentage is infallible, right?
As an experienced DUI defense attorney, Joseph H. Low, founder of The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV, can disagree. There are many more complexities that are involved in a DUI arrest than people realize and there are a number of circumstances under which a person may be subjected to unjust prosecution and/or excessive penalties. For example:
- The blood test revealing a certain blood alcohol concentration (BAC) may have been conducted by untrained staff or in a poorly regulated lab.
- The breathalyzer machine used by the arresting officer to determine BAC may not have been calibrated properly or recently.
- Certain medical conditions or substances can cause a breathalyzer machine to return a false reading.
- A police officer may mistake symptoms of nervousness, anxiety, or even fatigue for signs of intoxication.
- Police officers may fail to follow the standard procedure for a DUI stop.
If you have been arrested for DUI in Southern California, you face a number of harsh penalties, including the suspension of your driving privileges, fines, possibly even jail-time, and the installation of an ignition interlock device. These consequences can have a substantial impact on your professional, financial, and personal future, and should not be taken lightly.
By exercising your right to defend yourself against DUI accusations, you can avoid being unfairly prosecuted. To discuss your legal options with a defense attorney, contact The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV for a consultation at (888) 454-5569.