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Defending Against DUI Charges in California

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A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) can have severe consequences in California, including fines, license suspension, and even imprisonment. However, with the right defense strategy, it’s possible to challenge DUI charges, protect your rights, and get the best outcome given the circumstances. At the Law Office of Paul Tyler, an experienced Oxnard criminal defense attorney, we understand the complexities of DUI cases in Ventura County and are dedicated to providing a robust defense for our clients. Read on for a discussion about defending against DUI charges in California, and contact the Law Office of Paul Tyler in Oxnard for help from a skilled and experienced Ventura County DUI defense lawyer.

Challenging the Legality of the Traffic Stop

One of the first defense strategies we explore is the legality of the initial traffic stop. Law enforcement officers must have probable cause to believe that a driver is under the influence or has committed some crime or violation before making a stop. If the stop was based on an arbitrary or discriminatory reason, or if there was no reasonable suspicion of impaired driving or unlawful conduct, evidence gathered during the stop, including breathalyzer results and field sobriety tests, may be inadmissible in court.

Questioning the Accuracy of Breathalyzer Tests

Breathalyzer tests are commonly used to measure blood alcohol concentration (BAC), but they are not infallible. Factors such as improper calibration, incorrect administration, and even certain medical conditions can affect the accuracy of the results. By questioning the reliability of the breathalyzer test, we can cast doubt on the prosecution’s evidence and strengthen your defense.

Field Sobriety Tests and Their Reliability

Field sobriety tests (FSTs) are subjective and can be influenced by factors unrelated to alcohol consumption, such as nervousness, fatigue, or medical conditions. We can challenge the results of FSTs by highlighting these factors and questioning the officer’s interpretation of the tests.

Rising Blood Alcohol Defense

In appropriate cases, we may employ the rising blood alcohol defense, arguing that your BAC was below the legal limit while driving but rose to an illegal level by the time the test was administered. This defense is based on the fact that alcohol takes time to be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Illegal Blood or Breath Testing Procedures

We can also challenge the legality of blood or breath testing procedures. In California, there are strict protocols for administering these tests, including obtaining consent, proper handling of samples, and adherence to testing timelines. Any deviation from these protocols can lead to the exclusion of evidence.

Medical Conditions and Other Factors

Certain medical conditions, dietary factors, or even the use of mouthwash can lead to falsely high BAC readings. By presenting evidence of these factors, we can argue that the breathalyzer results were not a true reflection of your level of impairment.

Contact the Law Office of Paul Tyler for Strategic, Effective Defense Against DUI Charges in Oxnard & Ventura County

Facing DUI charges in California can be daunting, but with the right defense strategy, it’s possible to achieve a favorable outcome. At the Oxnard Law Office of Paul Tyler, we are committed to defending the rights of individuals accused of DUI in Ventura County. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, call us today at 805-889-9000 for a free consultation, and let us help you navigate the complexities of your case toward a successful result.

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