Alabama Drunk Driving Arrest? Why You Need a Birmingham DUI Defense Lawyer

Posted by Steven Eversole | Jun 10, 2009 | 0 Comments

Arrested for DUI in Birmingham or Mongomery, Huntsville or even Dothan? Why even hire a drunk driving defense attorney now that you're caught? Maybe you were recently pulled over for DUI or received a summons for being intoxicated while sitting in your parked car. Were you drunk? Perhaps. Was a charge of drunk driving really warranted? Maybe, and maybe not. Just like any other aspect of the law, not every DUI case is completely cut and dried.

As a Birmingham DUI defense attorney, many of the clients I see feel they were unjustly accused. While some may have broken the law, they also understand the consequences of a DUI conviction and want to try to improve the outcome. But it's the people I don't see that I worry about most — the folks that believe they “deserved” it or that there is no way to fight the charge. That's just plain wrong thinking.

One thing that makes people believe the state has a solid case against them is the results of a breath test. You should know that blowing a reading over the legal limit — more than 0.08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) — does not automatically mean you will be convicted of a DUI charge. So don't simply think you are out of luck because the Breathalyzer registered a high BAC.

There are several factors that affect your BAC, and there are also a number of other things that can influence the final Breathalyzer reading. Every experienced drunk driving defense lawyer worth his salt should know the how a Breathalyzer works, how it should be maintained and how a law enforcement office should use it to measure a driver's BAC.

For instance, many people don't realize that a breath-testing machine can often mistake other chemicals for alcohol. Also, burping, hiccupping or vomiting can cause the device to have an incorrect BAC reading. The reason is that a Breathalyzer is designed to measure the amount of alcohol coming from your lungs. If you burp, hiccup or vomit prior to the test, any alcohol in your stomach can travel to your mouth, something called “mouth alcohol,” which can then cause the machine to return a distorted BAC reading.

This is just one example of why you should always consult a DUI defense lawyer if you are charged with drunk driving. The consequences are far too serious not to fight for your day in court.

About the Author

Steven Eversole

J.D., Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama B.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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