If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), you already know there can be serious consequences. You may lose your job, your friends and your family. If you are a divorced parent, custody and visitation with your children may be in jeopardy. In addition to possible jail time, you may lose your driver’s license and experience a substantial increase in your car insurance rates.

If you do not lose your driver’s license, you may be ordered to have an Interlock device installed on your car. That requires you to blow into a tube before starting your car. If any alcohol is detected, your car simply will not start.

If this is your first offense, your chances of getting the charges reduced are greater than if it is your second or third DUI. In fact, penalties increase substantially for every subsequent DUI after your first one. If you had an accident and anyone was injured or killed, the penalties are even more severe.

There may be defenses to the charge. An experienced attorney will challenge the evidence and work to mitigate the charges and the penalties. There are some defenses that can be made.

Possible defenses to a DUI

If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is over 0.08 as determined by either a Breathalyzer or blood test, you will be charged with a DUI. Field sobriety tests are conducted and the testing officer provides his subjective view that you did or did not pass. Some defenses to a positive BAC and an officer’s report that you failed the field sobriety test include:

  • The Breathalyzer was not properly calibrated.
  • The officer conducting the test was not properly trained.
  • The Breathalyzer test was not properly administered.
  • You have a medical condition that resulted in a false positive.
  • The conditions surrounding the administering of the field sobriety tests made it impossible to pass the tests.

Call the law offices of Amber Bellante

Do not risk the extreme consequences of a DUI conviction. Call Attorney Amber Bellante. She is a Sacramento DUI attorney with two offices and also works as a Placer County DUI lawyer. She is committed to doing everything possible to help you maintain your freedom and mitigate the consequences of the charges. She has more than a decade of experience of successfully defending clients on DUI charges. She offers a free consultation where she will review the facts of your case and work together with you to determine the best way to proceed.