What are my options to challenge the evidence in my DWI case?

On Behalf of | Jul 4, 2024 | DWI |

Driving while impaired (DWI) is a serious offense with potentially severe consequences that can significantly impact one’s life. However, it is important to remember that facing a DWI charge does not automatically equate to a conviction.

The legal process involves an examination of the evidence, and challenging its validity is a crucial part of a defense strategy. If you are facing a DWI charge, what options do you have if you want to dispute the evidence against you?

Several defense strategies

Defending against a DWI charge in Minnesota involves challenging the evidence of the prosecution. Among the common defense strategies challenge at least one of the following:

  • Legality of the traffic stop: The defense may question this because law enforcement officers must have reasonable suspicion to pull over a driver. If they cannot provide a valid reason, any evidence obtained after the stop may be inadmissible in court.
  • Accuracy of field sobriety tests: Also, the defense can challenge the accuracy of these tests because they are not always reliable. Factors such as physical condition, weather and improper administration by the officer can affect the results.
  • Validity of breathalyzer results: Further, the defense can contest the validity of breathalyzer results. Breathalyzers must be maintained and calibrated correctly to provide accurate results. Certain medical conditions or substances can also interfere with the results, which may lead to false positives.

In addition, the defense can raise issues with the chain of custody of the evidence. If the prosecution cannot account for the evidence at all times, there may be room to question its integrity.

Protecting your rights throughout the process

Challenging the evidence in your DWI case is a complex yet crucial process that can influence the outcome of your case. With legal support, you may not just question the accuracy of tests or the validity of results but also ensure the protection of your rights throughout the process.



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