Georgia laws take driving under the influence (DUI) cases very seriously, though a prosecutor must provide sufficient evidence to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to secure a conviction. You should always have help from a Greensboro DUI defense attorney who can challenge the evidence against you.
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
The most concrete evidence of a DUI is a chemical test showing that your BAC was over the legal limit. This limit is:
- 08 percent for most drivers
- 04 percent for drivers of commercial vehicles
- Zero tolerance for drivers under age 21
While you might think that a test showing a high BAC will mean an automatic conviction, your attorney might discover errors with testing or handling of a breath or blood sample that calls the results into question.
Signs of Impairment
Even if your BAC was under the legal limit – or you refused a test – the prosecutor can present a police officer’s observations of intoxication. The officer can testify to signs that may include:
- Slurred speech
- Watery or bloodshot eyes
- The odor of alcohol
- Open alcohol containers in the car
- Confusion or incoherence
- Falling asleep
- Stumbling or balance issues
- Failing field sobriety tests
There are many ways that a DUI defense lawyer can call into question an officer’s observations. Sometimes, officers cannot directly recall details of the DUI stop or arrest, so their testimony might not be reliable. If the traffic stop itself was unlawful, any evidence stemming from the stop should also be suppressed, and a defense lawyer can file a motion to suppress with the court.
Seek Help from a Greensboro DUI Defense Lawyer
The consequences of a DUI conviction can be harsh, so you want the right DUI defense attorney from E.J. Boswell Law Office handling your case. Contact us as soon as possible so we can begin building your defense.