How to Avoid a Trial with a Motion to Suppress DUI Evidence
Field Sobriety Tests Administered Improperly Can Be Challenged
When you are charged with a crime, a conviction may seem inevitable. It is an evidence-based process and depends almost wholly on the facts of the case. However, a good attorney can identify police errors and use them to get evidence suppressed. Without certain key evidence, the State may be unable to prove its case against you at trial.
Traffic Stop for Equipment Violation
In an Operating While Intoxicated case, officers are trained to conduct their investigation in a specific way in order to comply with the law. If you are pulled over for an equipment violation—a broken tail lamp or brake light, for example—an officer cannot extend the traffic stop by conducting an OWI investigation, unless certain conditions are met.
If you were pulled over for an equipment violation and found yourself undergoing field sobriety tests and being arrested for an OWI, a good attorney can comb through your interaction with the officers to see if any mistakes were made and, consequently, if any of the evidence collected can be challenged and suppressed.
An officer cannot ask you if you have been drinking without articulable reasonable suspicion of intoxication. They are trained to look for signs like red glassy eyes, slurred speech, and an odor of intoxicants coming from either your person or the vehicle. If an officer asks you if you have been drinking without noting any of these signs, your attorney can file a motion challenging this questioning and requesting the suppression of all evidence gathered by the officer thereafter.
Milwaukee Defense Lawyers Get DUI Charges Reduced or Dropped
When you’re arrested for drunk driving, you need a defense attorney experienced in using suppression motions to beat OWI cases without having to go through the ordeal of a trial. At Grieve Law, our DUI/OWI lawyers have an arsenal of techniques for virtually every situation. Schedule your free consultation to discuss the circumstances of your case and determine whether a suppression motion or other method will get you the best results.