We have all experienced the momentary panic of seeing a police officer on the road. You are driving along, and then suddenly you see the police car hidden behind a tree or bush; you immediately take your foot off the accelerator. Frantically, you check your speed to make sure that you are below the limit; you stare into your rearview mirror until the cop is out of sight, breathing a sigh of relief that you were not pulled over.
While most people are concerned primarily about speeding, the truth is that an officer can pull you over for any reason as long as he has reasonable suspicion or probable cause to believe that you are in violation of a law. This means that if you accidentally swerve or drift in your lane, then an officer might pull you over with the suspicion that you are intoxicated.
If you are pulled over and suspected of drunk driving, you will likely be asked to submit to various tests in order to determine your level of sobriety. There are many different tests, but a Breathalyzer is perhaps the most commonly used because it provides a quantifiable number with which a person’s sobriety can be measured. You may think this means that the number on the Breathalyzer is infallible, but that is not the case.
Oftentimes people breathe higher than the legal limit in a Breathalyzer, and they believe that their chances of avoiding conviction are nonexistent. The truth is that there are many issues that could affect the validity of your drunk driving charges, including a Breathalyzer that is improperly calibrated. If you have been accused of drunk driving in Louisiana, please visit our webpage to learn more about how we can assist you with the legal defense necessary to establish your innocence.