November 01, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Some sobriety tests can be contested
Texas has some of the harshest drunk driving laws in the country. This is mainly to protect people from being hurt by drunk drivers, but it's also to prevent people from getting behind the wheel if they've had too much to drink. Thousands of people are arrested each year in Texas on DUI charges. The Century Council reports that in 2011, there were 85,715 people arrested on suspected drunk driving charges in the state.
Recent studies on the accuracy of sobriety tests have shown that at least a few of these people might have reason to dispute a drunk driving charge. If anyone has reason to believe that a sobriety test was conducted improperly or unfairly, he or she has the right to dispute it in court, rather than accept the charges and the costly penalties
that come with them.
Some sobriety tests are faulty
A few attorneys have said that field sobriety tests are designed to fail, according to ABC Action News. These tests, which include standing on one leg and walking with one foot in front of the other while holding the arms out, can be difficult for people with balance or cognitive problems to perform. Even completely sober people can fail the test, if they naturally have a hard time balancing. Overweight people, the elderly and those with certain health problems can all potentially be arrested for a DUI even if they never had a drink.
The Herald Tribune says even some breath tests can result in false positives. A study on breath test machines in Florida showed that many of the machines had been incorrectly calibrated, resulting in high blood alcohol readings, impossible breath volumes for human lungs and potentially thousands of wrongful DUI arrests. The Poison Review also conducted a study which showed that using hand sanitizer can result in a false positive, even for people who are sober.
Good reasons to contest a DUI charge
The consequences of a DUI conviction in Texas are steep. The penalties for a first offense include:
-Driver's license suspension up to two years.
-Up to a $2,000 fine.
-Up to 180 days in jail.
-Enrollment in a DWI education program.
-Annual driver's license reinstatement surcharge of up to $2,000 for three years.
-Possible ignition interlock device installation, including related fees.
The possible consequences for a drunk driving conviction can affect a person's record for years. If the charges were erroneous or unfair, it can be well worth it to dispute them in court.
Contacting an attorney
If you've been arrested for a DUI, it's important to contact an experienced drunk driving defense attorney right away. If you believe you were falsely arrested or your sobriety test
was inaccurate, some of your charges can be lessened or even dropped.
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