How Do You Get A DUI Charge Reduced or Dismissed In Okaloosa County?

There are a number of areas to focus on in a DUI case than can lead to a reduced charge or case dismissal. These issues may jump out at some point in the chronology of the DUI stop and eventual arrest.

When I meet with clients, I always consider specific questions about each critical stage of the DUI arrest. Some of these issues include:

  1. Can the initial traffic stop, welfare check, citizen encounter, or police interaction be suppressed because it was illegal? Did the police officer have any legal basis to stop the individual?
  2. Did the defendant have actual physical control of the vehicle at the time of the stop? Did the police officer witness the defendant behind the wheel?
  3. Was the defendant driving because of an emergency or necessity?
  4. Did the defendant have a medical or physical condition that would prevent them from performing field sobriety tests?
  5. Was there a roadside breath test? Did law enforcement follow all of the administrative requirements for in-house breath testing? Was the Intoxilyzer machine calibrated, tested, inspected, and functioning properly at the time of the defendant’s breath test?
  6. Did the defendant refuse to give a breath sample?
  7. If the defendant submitted to a breath, blood, or urine test; did the police officer unlawfully coerce them into doing it?
  8. Is video evidence available that could negate the officer’s basis for forming probable cause for the arrest?

If you need to get a DUI charge reduced or dismissed in Fort Walton Beach, Destin or elsewhere in Okaloosa County or Walton County, make sure you speak with a attorney that has a track-record of doing just that.

I’ve successfully done this many times… call me at (850) 362-6655.