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Commonly used defenses to a drunk driving charge

Getting behind the wheel of your car after you've been drinking is never a good decision. Sometimes you think that you haven't had too much to drink when in reality, you are above the legal limit. Other times, it's obvious you've had too much to drink, but you still make a bad decision. Either way, it's best to avoid driving after drinking so you don't find yourself facing driving under the influence charges in Florida.

The administering of the breath test can be questioned when defending against drunk driving charges. For example, was the Breathalyzer device properly calibrated recently? Has the police officer been properly trained to use the device before administering you the test?

Another defense you can use in defending the charges is that of an improper stop by police. A police officer is required to have reasonable suspicion in order to conduct a traffic stop on a citizen for such reasons as speeding, changing lanes without signaling, tailgating and various other traffic violations.

If you were administered a blood test at the police station after being taken into custody, you could argue that the handling of the sample was done improperly. The chain of command might not have been followed or the sample could have been tampered with by someone at the lab.

Drunk driving is never a smart decision. There are ways you can have the charges reduced or dropped in some cases, but you need to know which defenses are the best to use in Orlando. Learn the defenses mentioned in this post to defend against the charges of driving under the influence and then work closely with your attorney to develop a strong defense.

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