With a population of 35,000, Prattville straddles Autauga and Elmore counties in Alabama. It serves as the county seat of Autauga County and is known as the “Fountain City” because of the number of artesian wells in the area. The city was founded by Daniel Pratt, the industrialist and architect. Pratt chose the area because the nearby creek could supply power to a cotton gin.
Prattville DUI Arrests Probable Cause
- An officer must have a reason for stopping your vehicle. Typically this is a traffic violation, such as speeding. However, the weaker the reason for the traffic stop, the better the chances of getting a drunk driving charge reduced or dismissed.
- There must be probable cause to request that you perform field sobriety and breathalyzer tests. This is where an officer typically sites “slurred speech” or “bloodshot eyes.” Having made the traffic stop, an officer is often reluctant to admit he or she was wrong. Rarely are motorists permitted to go on their way. When a defense lawyer successfully argues lack of probable cause, a dismissal of the case frequently results.
Prattville Drunk Driving Defense Attorney Steven Eversole is dedicated to representing hardworking residents throughout the Montgomery area with quality legal defense. The Eversole Law Firm LLC handles all types of misdemeanor and felony charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Drunk driving fines and court costs have become a major source of revenue for many areas. Law enforcement charges more than 1,000 drivers a day with DUI in Alabama. A conviction will cost those motorists as much as $20,000 in fines, court costs, missed work, driver's license suspensions, treatment, and ignition interlock devices and other fees.
Job loss and loss of reputation in the community can also result. Too often, residents think because they have been cited, there is little chance of avoiding a conviction. Nothing could be further from the truth. Nationwide, as many as one-third of drunk driving defendants are not convicted; this number would likely be much higher if more people fought the charges before learning about all of the negative consequences of having a conviction on their record. In some areas, as many as half of all motorists are not convicted.
Your attorney will review the facts and circumstances of your case and decide upon the best way to proceed. Challenging probable cause for the traffic stop or arrest may be part of your defense. In other cases, challenging the training of officers at the scene or the maintenance or calibration of the breathalyzer can result in a reduction or dismissal of the charges. In still other cases, challenging the statements made by officers at the scene or witnesses can have a positive impact on the outcome of your case.
You have options. The only time there is no option is when there is no defense. And the high cost of a conviction means you are going to save little or no money by not consulting an experienced attorney. In fact, the charges could end up costing you a lot more in the long run.
If you are facing drunk driving charges in Prattville or the surrounding area, contact Eversole Law LLC for confidential consultation to discuss your rights.
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