Defending Against a DUI Charge in Tennessee | What You Should Know

If you face charges for driving under the influence, please read on, then contact an experienced Memphis DUI defense lawyer to learn what you should know about defending against a DUI charge in Tennessee.

How do you defend against a DUI charge in Tennessee?

Generally, it gets increasingly difficult, but not impossible, to defend against a DUI after each time, if any, you have previously sustained convictions for charges related to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Even so, in the United States, it is the prosecution that must overcome the burden of proof each and every time. Furthermore, even those convicted of crimes have certain inalienable rights. A skilled Memphis criminal defense attorney will use both of these to lobby a defense. A qualified legal professional has many potential strategies at his or her disposal.

What are the strategies for fighting a DUI charge in Tennessee?

When taken out of its proper context, any action may seem suspicious. A seasoned legal representative helps provide the appropriate entities with context so that they can come to a just conclusion. Your lawyer will likely employ one of the following arguments and strategies:

  • Illegal stop: Police officers must adhere to certain rules and laws when pulling you over. If they fail to do that, then they may have to void your charges.
  • Medical or health issues: Certain medical problems can cause you to fail a sobriety test, even if you are not intoxicated. Additionally, medicine can make it difficult to ascertain your Blood Alcohol Content.
  • Unreliable testing: Standardized field sobriety tests are not always accurate or reliable. Your lawyer will evaluate the accuracy of said tests.
  • Request evidence: Some police departments require officers to video traffic stops. If your lawyer can obtain this evidence, he or she can determine how bad the sobriety test was and whether the case really hinges on the police officer’s word against the defendant.

What strategy should you employ?

Ultimately, that decision lies with you. You may have personal reasons for choosing or declining any of the above-listed strategies. For instance, you may not want to make your medical history public knowledge. However, you should keep in mind, that in Tennessee, even though prosecutors can reduce charges, the best defense is a good offense. Our firm will be proactive in defending you and your future. Give yourself a fighting chance and give us a call today.

Contact Our Experienced Memphis Firm

No one should ever have to recover from a serious injury or deal with a pressing criminal matter on their own. We pride ourselves in assisting clients facing a wide range of legal issues throughout Memphis, Tennessee, and we are ready to help you, too. If you need assistance with a personal injury, criminal, or business litigation matter, you can turn to us. Contact Ballin, Ballin & Fishman, P.C. today to schedule your free initial consultation with our experienced legal team.