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The Top 3 Questions To Help Beat DWI Charges

Picture of whiskey in glasses, which could lead to a DWI.

If you get pulled over and blow a .08 or higher during a breathalyzer test, you’ll be charged with a DWI. If you get convicted of a DWI, you could go to jail or lose your driver’s license. The likelihood of getting a conviction is much higher if you try to represent yourself.

Unless you’ve studied and practiced law, it’s not likely that you’ll know enough information to properly defend yourself in court. It’s important to hire an experienced attorney to help fight the battle for you. The following are three questions that can help determine if you can beat your DWI charge.

1) Did the police officer have a legitimate legal basis to stop your car in the first place?

If the police officer did not have a legal right to pull over your vehicle, any evidence they obtained after the fact may be inadmissible in court. Your lawyer will need to file a motion to suppress the evidence right from the beginning.

2) Was the field sobriety test administered?

You’re not required to perform field sobriety tests during a DWI investigation. These tests are highly subjective and typically produce incriminating evidence. You’re asked to do balance tests on the side of the road while there are cars flying by. The lights from the traffic and the flashlight being used by the officer can cause a major distraction that produces unreliable results.

3) Was there probable cause for the officer to arrest you?

There might have been a good reason for your arrest, but there’s always a chance there wasn’t a valid reason. You’ll need to go over every detail of the incident with your attorney to help determine any aspects that stick out as illegal.

John W. Tumelty has successfully represented countless clients facing DWI charges throughout South Jersey. Mr. Tumelty is an experienced criminal defense attorney who will help determine what happened in your case. He will craft a defense strategy to help you avoid the most serious penalties. You can contact Mr. Tumelty at his offices in Marmora and Somers Point, where he is available 24/7 for an in-person consultation.

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