Perhaps police stopped you at a checkpoint and arrested you, after you tested to have a BAC just over the California legal limit of 0.08%. Or perhaps you caused a multi-car collision that injured several people, including a child. You are terrified of the possible consequences, and you should be. An injury DUI conviction, per California Vehicle Code 23153, can elevate what would normally be a misdemeanor charge to a felony. That means you could spend OVER A YEAR behind bars, lose your right to vote, and face other grievous penalties, financial and personal, that could dog you for years.
So how can you beat the charges? Where do you go from here?
First things first, find an experienced lawyer who understands DUI science enough to fight back against whatever the prosecution throws your way.
For instance, let's say that you tested over the legal limit on your breath test. Are you doomed to be convicted? Not necessarily! For instance, a scientific analysis of your breath test may reveal other explanations for why you failed your test:
- Maybe you are on a lower carb diet, such as a Paleo diet, and the ketones produced by your body registered as alcohol by the machine;
- Maybe "mouth alcohol" on your breath contaminated the results;
- Maybe a medication altered the results to create a false positive;
- Maybe the police officer miscalibrated the machine or misinterpreted the results.
An astute, aggressive Visalia DUI defense attorney who understands these scientific nuances can break down the prosecution's case, prevent you from going to jail, and help you get your life back. Call our team today for a free consultation. We aggressively fight cases in Tulare Superior Court at 221 South Mooney Boulevard.