Driving under the influence (DUI) charges are punished rather severely in most states. Some people face jail time, while others can lose the right to drive. If you were arrested for a DUI, the arresting officers were under a duty of care to perform certain actions in processing your case. One of the defenses for a DUI charge is improperly obtained evidence.
The Role of Evidence in Your Case
A skilled DUI attorney will be looking at every detail of your situation to determine the strength of the prosecution’s case. If there is insufficient evidence to convict, you may not even have to go to trial. However, if there is sufficient evidence, your lawyer will examine how the evidence was collected to see if he or she could suppress it in court.
Evidence used in any case must be relevant and competent, meaning it needs to be directly related to the charges and collected or handled in accordance with the law. If it isn’t collected according to the law, the exclusionary rule can be applied to the evidence collected. The exclusionary rule prevents the government from using most evidence gathered illegally. Likewise, according to the “fruit of the poisonous tree” doctrine, any evidence, testimony, or even confessions can be excluded from the trial if they resulted from an illegal search or another constitutional violation.
Some reasons a court may suppress evidence includes an unlawful search and seizure, failure to read Miranda rights, and chain of custody errors. If your arrest included any illegal element, your attorney may be able to exclude any evidence that could be used to convict you of a DUI.
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