DWI And Traffic Offenses

In the past 27 years, we have seen a dramatic shift in drunk driving enforcement. The social stigma surrounding an arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated may result in collateral damage to your job and social standing. The penalties for DWI convictions have also become more severe. Today, even a first-offense DWI might result in jail time.

Reviewing Every Aspect Of Your DWI Arrest

With so much at stake, it is more important than ever to have an experienced DWI attorney on your case. It can be intimidating to be arrested for DWI, and you may want the entire matter to go away as quickly as possible. However, it would be a mistake to accept the first plea offer the prosecution offers or to enter a guilty plea without reviewing your legal options.

Standing Up Against Unreasonable Searches Or Seizures

While it is generally advisable to cooperate with the police during the entirety of your traffic stop, we will review every aspect of the officer's conduct for proper procedures. Specifically, the police are generally required to have a valid reason for the initial traffic stop such as erratic driving that raises a reasonable suspicion of a crime in progress or about to occur. Although it is lawful for a police officer to ask for your driver's license and vehicle registration, there must be reasonable suspicion before conducting a field sobriety test.

We may even suggest a legal defense that you might not otherwise have considered. For example, even "scientific" evidence such as Breathalyzer results can be fallible and open to challenges. A Breathalyzer must be periodically calibrated, and local police may have procedures requiring its proper administration. Medicines or other substances close to a device may also result in false results from breath or blood testing.

Representing Defendants In Traffic Violation Charges

Our law office also represents individuals facing traffic offenses. Although the consequences for traffic violations may not be as serious, we have observed a similar response among defendants: simply accepting the first deal that authorities offer to them. At our law firm, we will fight to get you the justice you deserve. A cookie-cutter deal seldom fits that bill.

As with DWI cases, the initial traffic stop must have been for a reasonable suspicion. Probable cause applies to any subsequent searches or seizures after the stop, and police are bound to follow proper procedures. If evidence was obtained through an illegal search or an invalid search warrant, we will file a motion to suppress it in court. We will also fight to recover any unlawfully seized cash or property.

Contact An Experienced Drug Charges Attorney

Every DWI or traffic stop is unique. We combine a sophisticated knowledge of police procedures with extensive trial experience. Before finalizing a defense strategy or accepting a plea deal, we will take the time to get to know your work and family commitments. Together, we will find the legal approach that is right for your situation. Call 816-866-8022 or complete our online contact form to schedule a consultation with us today.