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DUI charge follows reports of erratic driving

The consequences of driving while impaired can adversely affect the life of any person. A 36-year-old California driver will likely be aware of the potential impact his recent arrest on a DUI charge will have. For this reason, most people who are accused of driving under the influence seek the defense skills of seasoned attorneys.

After receiving a call from a resident who was concerned about the erratic operation of a vehicle in Morgan Hill on New Year's Eve, police investigated the allegations. Reportedly, they located the vehicle and noticed a strong odor of alcohol about the driver. They also say the man was uncooperative, slurred his speech and had difficulty standing unsupported.

Further allegations indicate the registration plates on the car belonged to another vehicle. Officers arrested the driver for felony DUI because they determined that this would constitute his fourth DUI within two years, if he is ultimately convicted. At last report, he was in jail and waiting for a court hearing.

An arrest on a DUI charge does not necessarily lead to a conviction, and an experienced California criminal defense attorney can conduct an independent investigation of any traffic stop. Sometimes, law enforcement cut corners that could lead to mistakes or violations of the individual's rights. Procedural errors can occur during a traffic stop, a field sobriety test, breath test and/or the questioning of the driver. The timing of any procedure to determine the level of impairment may also be questioned. A seasoned attorney can thoroughly scrutinize the accusations against the accused person, and evaluate the evidence for violations, which could lead to a reduction in or outright dismissal of the charges. 

Source: Gilroy, CA Patch, "South Bay Man Arrested for 4th DUI in 2 Years", Mark Nero, Jan. 3, 2017

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