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Flawed evidence can change the course of a drunk driving case

Getting pulled over by police is never a pleasant experience. However, the situation can become far more stressful if an officer asks, "Have you been drinking tonight?"

When cops suspect someone of driving under the influence of alcohol, they may take a variety of steps to test the driver’s sobriety. This is an effort to collect evidence in the event that drunk driving charges are filed, making it a very critical situation. Administering a breath test is something officers often do in these scenarios, and the results of which test are likely to play a role in how officers proceed.

When asked to submit to a breath test, drivers are faced with a choice that can be incredibly difficult. By agreeing to take the test, a person might wind up blowing over the legal limit and being charged. At the same time, breath test refusal can also result in criminal charges.

Based on how the breath test goes, South Carolina residents might feel like their fate is sealed. If a person's test results come back with a relatively high blood-alcohol concentration or the test is refused, offering a defense against subsequent charges could seem like a losing battle. In reality, this isn't necessarily true.

When conducting drunk driving investigations and arrests, police officers can make mistakes. The most unfortunate aspect of this is that errors under these circumstances can have potentially life-altering consequences for accused individuals.

Keeping this in mind, the final outcome of DUI charges can hinge on how carefully the evidence used by law enforcement is scrutinized. Anything that has the potential to cast doubt on the accuracy or reliability of evidence could weaken the prosecution's case. Without adequate proof, drunk driving charges could be reduced or dropped entirely.

Source: To learn more about defending against DUI charges in South Carolina, please visit our firm's breath test page.

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