When claims are made in police reports, it may be easy to assume that those representations are correct without carefully considering the evidence behind them. However, a person is presumed to be innocent unless and until there is sufficient evidence presented in court that proves guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In some cases, some of the evidence that police say they have may, in fact, be faulty. A man who was recently arrested on DWI charges in Minnesota is now likely wondering about the accuracy of certain testing officers used.
The incident that led to the man’s arrest reportedly happened on a day in late August. Police claim that they pulled the 58-year-old man over because he was heading north in the southern lanes of a Minnesota interstate. Reports indicate that the man’s license was canceled on the same day he was arrested.
Police say that they discovered a partially empty bottle of vodka in the man’s vehicle. They further state that his speech was slurred, his eyes were watery and bloodshot. Reports allege that preliminary test results indicated that his blood alcohol content was over .2.
Unfortunately, this recent arrest was apparently not the man’s first experience with the criminal justice system. He is said to have 10 DWI convictions in Minnesota and eight drunk driving related convictions in another state. Nevertheless, certain equipment, such as breath tests, do not always work correctly — they are subject to human error and require certain maintenance steps to ensure that they are accurately working. If convicted, this man could face up to 14 years behind bars, making it crucial to have a professional with experience regarding such cases carefully examine the evidence and help him determine the course of action that is most appropriate to his circumstances.